worst food for your teeth shores family dentistry fort collins

Our teeth are created to chew and tear at food so that it makes it easier for our stomach to digest the food. This allows the nutrients and energy to be dispersed to your body’s cells much quicker. They are, in essence, the first part of your body involved in the digestive system.

That being said, our teeth, while strong, are better at chewing some foods than others, and some foods are harder on our teeth (and potentially damaging).

Shores Family Dentistry is a Fort Collins family dentist that offers comprehensive dental care. From dental bridges and crowns and fillings to root canals and general upkeep and maintenance, we offer a wide variety of dental services in order to better serve you and your family’s needs. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the worst foods for your teeth. Contact us today to schedule your next dental cleaning!


Sticky Candies and Sweet Foods

Candy and sweets are not the best for your health. That being said, the fact of the matter is that the longer food stays on your teeth, the longer they are exposed to harmful bacteria that can cause cavities. This is one of the main reasons why it’s super important that you wash your teeth before bed because, if you don’t, you are allowing harmful bacteria to do their dirty work on your teeth for up to eight hours while you sleep, producing much more acid than they would otherwise. Shores Family Dentistry in Fort Collins recommends that if you do indulge in sticky candies and sweet foods, that you brush your teeth and floss as quickly as possible afterwards to remove them.

Hard Candies

While our teeth are super strong thanks to the enamel (considered the hardest substance in your body) that covers our teeth and protects the soft inner layers, they are not indestructible. First, hard candy often lingers in your mouth as you suck on them. Second, when you do bite down, you risk cracked teeth or cuts on your mouth because these candies are quite hard. If you have sealants on your teeth, hard candy will often contribute to those falling off and then you having to replace them later on down the road.

Another hard food to watch out for is ice. Many people love to eat ice, especially when it gets to the smaller bits. However, for the same reason that you can crack your teeth as hard candies, dentists do not recommend that you chew on ice.

Sugary Beverages

Yes, the drinks we know, love, and crave on hot, summer days are not good for our teeth. Soda, energy drinks, lemonade, sports drinks, and even coffee that is laden with sugar is not good for our teeth. Outside of the fact that these drinks are not the best for our waistlines either, when you indulge in sugary beverages, you are effectively bathing your teeth in sugar non-stop. This encourages bacteria growth, which can decay your teeth and cause cavities. Water is the recommended beverage not only for your health, but also for your teeth.


For 35 years, Shores Family Dentistry has been serving the people of Fort Collins with top-notch dental care. Our family dentists not only can treat most of your dental conditions, but we also ensure that your patients are educated in their own dental care. We welcome new patients and make it convenient for you to download our forms online. Contact us today for all of your regular dental cleanings and other dental treatments!