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Everyday hoodlums of dental health
Updated: 1/16/2009 5:00:16 PM

Everyday hoodlums of dental health People who strive to maintain good dental care may want to be aware of certain foods that have the potential to wreak havoc on one's dental health.

While it's accepted knowledge that sugary products such as soda and candy can harm teeth, Allie Firestone, a columnist for Empowher.com, decided to investigate other foods that may encourage tooth decay.

Firestone discovered eating starchy snacks like crackers and potato chips can cause just as much damage to one's dental health as sugary beverages. When people eat these foods, the mouth begins digesting them to break the plaque down, "a process that creates very strong acids," according to the column.

Eating acidic foods, such as pineapples and oranges, can also soften tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay, according to Firestone. She suggests to "avoid sucking excessively" on anything that tastes a little tart.

Finally, crunching on ice cubes may produce tiny fractures in the teeth, which makes them more susceptible to serious breaks, bacteria or cavities, wrote Firestone. Chewing on sugarless gum or celery sticks may be better for dental health.

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