The hardness of ice is the culprit here: Chewing on ice can easily crack a tooth. “I see that a lot,” says Dr Stefanac. “We often see it with people who have lots of fillings, which weakens the teeth. They bite on ice and snap off a portion of a tooth.” Time to kick the habit!
Energy and sports drinks
Despite their healthy-sounding names, energy and sports drinks are packed with sugar and acids, a double whammy to your teeth. What’s more, many of them contain a special sticky substance to keep the colouring evenly distributed in the drink. As a result, the sugar and acid stay on your teeth longer. Opt for plain water instead.
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How can yoghurt be bad for your teeth? If you have the plain kind, it’s not. After all, it contains probiotics and calcium, which are good for oral health. But many yoghurts – even the Greek type – come with sweet fruit purees, adding a ton of sugar and acid to the mix. “You’re almost losing the benefits,” Dr Rodriguez says. So add cut-up fresh fruit to plain yoghurt instead.
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