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Milk, sparkling water and other surprising things that are bad for teeth
Updated: 11/17/2011 7:00:03 PM

Milk, although rich in calcium and vitamins, also contains sugar that the bacteria in mouths love to feed on. It's commonly understood that things like soda and coffee can be harmful to the teeth, but there can be many other foods and drinks that can be ruining an individual's smile that most people wouldn't expect. AOL recently reported on some foods that may be healthy for the body, but may be damaging those pearly whites.

For example, many people drink tea instead of coffee and they may believe that they are saving their teeth from the stains that come with drinking too much java, but this is not true. According to celebrity dentist Joe Oliver, tea can do damage to the chompers as well, especially if you add a lemon to it.

"Lots of my clients drink [tea with lemon] because it's so good for digestion and health, but it's terrible for your teeth. The acid from the lemon wears away your enamel. Sparkling water is also bad for teeth, so stick to still water where possible," said Oliver, quoted by AOL.

MSNBC also reported on some surprising things that can be impeding oral health. Milk, although rich in calcium and vitamins, also contains sugar that the bacteria in mouths love to feed on.

Also, people who swim in a pool for more than six hours a week may develop brown stains on their teeth from the chemicals. The news source recommended wearing a mouth guard to avoid this.

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