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Fruits that Damage your Teeth

The human teeth

The human teeth are the hardest organ in the body they are the visible bone like growth in the mouth and continue into the gum and roots. A tooth consists of the enamel, dental pulp, cameral, root pulp, dentin, crown, cusp, neck and root.

And other parts that make up the chewing marvel are the apical foramen, gingival sulcus, periodontium, vessels and nerves.

The hard white growth made up of many tissues of varied density is used for chewing, cutting, crushing, slicing and grinding food and is used throughout our lives. They are tough durable and resistant to certain conditions.

The human teeth number thirty two and they are tough durable and partially resistant to heat cold and other extreme conditions

Most mammals have teeth and because of their constant use are prone to damage, aging, toothaches and gum disease since teeth is embedded in both the lower and upper jaws namely the maxilla and mandible. Since our teeth are in constant use they face tooth diseases. Tooth decay and dental issues.

Foods and Fruits that Damage your Teeth

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More on sugar

We have seen that sugar causes cavity when metabolized by bacteria present in the mouth, but sugar also has many negative effects on our body which could have neuron-chemical effect such as craving. Sugar causes dopamine in the brain which is a feel good chemical, that’s why eating chocolates feel real good, and it could affect or change behavioral patterns.

Eating lots of sugar also causes physical and mental problems such as moodiness, depression, migraine, blurry vision, fatigue, anxiety, insulin resistance and memory loss. Other things that have loads of sugar are syrups, Cain syrups, artificial sweeteners, glucin, Kalame, neotame and saccharin.

Some food stuff that contain sugar are bread, tomatoes sauce, salad dressing, cakes, pancakes, ice cream, red wine, mustard, baby food and ketchup. Others are eggnog, mustard, bacon, meat and many canned food and packaged cereal.

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Dental plaque

Dental plaque is caused by bacteria that form or reside on the teeth or within the mouth, they can be found behind the tongue, within spaces in the teeth and on the teeth. Plaque should be tackled to prevent tooth decay, accumulation of bacteria, and other bacteria with the bio-film.

For bacteria to thrive they need sugar which the get from food particles that remain in the mouth after eating or starches. While they munch on leftovers the bacteria produces lactic acid which is very damaging to the teeth because it dissolves calcium in the enamel.

A low PH level is bad especially when its 5.5 at this level of De-mineralization is possible which inadvertently causes tooth decay, saliva helps us by neutralizing the acid and increasing the Ph level to less harmful levels. Fruits might be healthy but certain fruits can cause untold damage to our teeth if not properly managed, because some contain sugar which feeds the bacteria and in turn produces acids which damage our teeth.

Sugar and plaque

Foods and fruits rich in sugar can cause damage to the teeth if not properly handled, sweets like hard candy can wreck real havoc on our dentures. A fruit that contain sucrose which is a type of sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth, the bacteria eats the sugar and produces lactic acid which erodes the enamel causing damage.

Things to look out for in fruits and meals are fruits rich in sugar or food that has lots of carbohydrates, other things that cause tooth decay are the length of time food particles stay in mouth. Food and fruits that adhere to teeth and sticky food that hides in spaces.


Cavities occur due to the sensitivity of the tooth to certain low PH, because of fermentable carbohydrates present in food and fruits bacteria can produce acid which damages the tooth. Sucrose, fructose and glucose are example of fermentable carbohydrates which aid lactic acid to cause damage to the structure of the tooth.

Dental cavities are caused by tooth decay which leads to acute toothache, tooth damage, infectious diseases, pain and other illnesses.

Milk is great for us but after drinking the delicious diary drink always rinse your mouth. Drinking milk before bedtime is not recommended.

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Milk and cavities

Milk is necessary for our growth and development and it provides our daily nutrient needs as a good source of energy and nutrients, it is a water based fluid that consists of lipids, lactose, protein and amino acids.

Milk is good for us because it contains many nutrients that are beneficial to us such as vitamin D, retinol, carotene and riboflavin making it even healthy for teeth and eyes. But milk also contains lactose which has sugar as its core composition which we have seen is an enabler for acid production through bacteria present in the mouth.

Drinking moderate amounts of milk is fine but when you start taking copious amount of the delicacy then you might be asking for dental issues. Let me lay down some interesting facts about drinking milk, did you know that after drinking fruit juice washing it down with milk reduces your chances of tooth decay?

Did you know that giving you child milk before bedtime can damage the teeth? Better still rinse your mouth after drinking fruit juice or milk and brushing lightly an hour after is the most effective way of preventing tooth decay.

Summary of Fruits that Damage your Teeth

There are many fruits and things we eat or drink that can damage our teeth some of which are listed bellow

1 Orange’s juice

2 Pineapple juice

3 Mangoes

4 Grapes juice

5 Lemon juice

6 Citrus fruits

7 Apples juice

8 Red wines

9 Dried fruits

10 Others are fizzy drinks

11 Milk

Fruits that Damage your Teeth

Lemon juice and teeth damage

Lemon juice is a very healthy fruit juice that is low in saturated fat, has sodium, foliate, vitamin C, potassium and cholesterol. It aids weight loss and optimal health but the downside is that calories in lemon juice are essentially sugar based.

The carbohydrate consists of dietary fibers, starch, sucrose, glucose, lactose, maltose and sugars, so you can clearly see where the bacteria gets its regular fix of sweets(sugar). Lemon also has amino acids and protein such as lysine, Cysteine, Methionine, Alanine and many more that have negative impact on our teeth.

Lemon and grape juice is birds of the same feather although they have great properties especially when it comes to fighting off certain illnesses or using them to detoxify ourselves, they can also affect the teeth negatively. The citric acids present in lemon and grape causes enamel damage and teeth erosion, and the acid is known to soften gum, weaken enable and cause dentures.

Fruits have tons of natural sugars which can be damaging to the teeth, although saliva neutralizes acid in the mouth by increasing the PH level knowing how much or often you drink fruit juice is important. Other fruits that have sucrose sugar are oranges, pineapple, mangoes, and apple, lemon and grape fruits.

After drinking any fruit juice or eating fruits, rinsing your mouth with water ten minutes after and drink lots of water reduces the possibility of tooth decay.

Protection and causes of tooth decay

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Alcohol is harmful to teeth

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Red wine

Alcohol in red wine is a suppressant meaning reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth, saliva as said earlier helps fight against acids in the mouth, the saliva t keeps our mouth free of particles making the teeth last longer. Alcohol also dissolves the enamel covering, stains the teeth and makes the tooth exposed to cavities and holes.

The main components that constitute red wine does not do our teeth any favors such as water(which is good), carbohydrates, acids(bad), alcohol(bad for the teeth), phenolics, nitrogenous compounds and various organic compounds.

Simple carbohydrate sugars form more complex glucans and pectins which are predominantly what converts the yeast in wine into alcohol. The relatively high acidity in red wines is due to the presence of malic and tartaric acids, on oxidation the bitter sweet taste is because of anthocyanins.

Dried fruits

Dried fruits are bad for the teeth because they are loaded with concentrated sugar, have long shelf life which could lead to contamination, and they easily adhere to teeth when eaten. Dried fruits are usually packaged for long shelf life so non soluble fibers in the fruit add to the stickiness.

Many other things we eat damage are teeth such as apples which are high in acid, and tough on our teeth, hard candy, cough syrups because of their sugar content and citrus fruits. Others in this category are pickled vegetable because of the presence of vinegar which is a combination of acid and sugar, fizzy drinks, and carbonated drinks.

 Oral hygiene that can prevent cavities

Sugar and carbohydrates from fruits and food left in the mouth after drinking fruit juice or eating meals, can cause tooth decay. Bacteria react with the sugar and produces acid which can be neutralized by saliva or through proper oral hygiene.

Good oral hygiene include brushing the teeth twice daily morning and evening, flossing, using a nonalcoholic mouthwash, and using nonalcoholic fluoride. Other methods of getting rid of plaque are drinking lots of water, rinsing your mouth after drinking juice or eating food and brushing the mouth gently.

Vigorous brushing can damage the teeth while mechanical tooth brushes are more efficient than brushing your teeth manually. Whitening products reduces the protective layer of the enamel while yellowish teeth are not necessarily less effective that clean white teeth.

Cocoa bean in chocolate has anti-bacterial properties while chewing gum that does not contain sugar could help by rubbing against the enamel and allowing the formation of more saliva in the mouth.

Effect of Fizzy drinks on teeth

Fizzy drink has many names such as carbonated water, sugar drink, sweetened drink and soft drink, irrespective of whatever it’s called the sweet liquid is not good for us. Soft drink contains concentrates which are hard to digest; they cause many diseases because of their rich sugar content problems like obesity, diabetes and belly fat.

It has questionable nutrients and there is a high probability of kidney decline and risk of heart related problems not to talk of damage to your teeth. Carbonated water is a top culprit in teeth decay, coloring and cavities, so avoid fuzzy drinks or take it in moderation.

Last word

The major culprit apart from poor oral hygiene is bacteria in the mouth that converts natural sugars like sucrose into acid, so sugar and acid which are also abundant in grapes can cause cavities. Fruits are great and the best way of taking care of your teeth after drinking a delicious fruit drink is rinsing your mouth with water.

You can also drink water after drinking the nutritious juice but refrain from brushing your teeth immediately after the drink this could be more damaging. Instead brush your teeth lightly an hour after consuming any beverage, meal or juice.

By Femi

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