Surprise, these foods and drinks can harm your teeth.
Wine: You know the red stuff can stain, but all vino is acidic, which means it can erode your enamel, leaving teeth more susceptible to staining and sensitivity, says Dr. Aldredge.
Diet soda: It’s just as hard on your teeth as regular soda, according to a 2015 Australian study. These drinks often contain phosphoric and citric acids, which can strip away enamel.
Dried fruit: It’s sticky and high in sugar, which translates to cavities, says Dr. Aldredge. The best option: raisins, because they suppress the growth of some mouth bacteria, says research.
Ice: Chewing on hard substances can damage enamel, per the American Dental Association. For the sake of your teeth, cool off with a tall glass of ice water instead.
Mashed potatoes: Foods filled with starch stick to your teeth, says Dr. Aldredge. Potato chips, which tend to get trapped in your teeth, aren’t great either. Try to floss after you eat to remove food particles.