A poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Food high in sugars increase the amount of acids that can erode and weaken the enamel. Eventually, these acids can cause cavities.
Teens need a balanced nutritious diet so that their teeth develop properly and are strong and decay-resistant. Eating patterns and food choices are important factors that affect how quickly tooth decay develops
Food/drinks that contribute to poor dental health
- Sugary snacks – Candy, cookies, cakes or other sweet treats contain a high amount of cavity-causing sugar.
- Carbonated soft drinks – Regular pop contains a high amount of sugar. Both regular and diet pop also contain acids that wear away tooth enamel.
- Fruit drinks – These tend to be high in sugar
- Sports/energy drinks – These drinks are acidic and high in sugar.
- Plain yogurt, hard cheese, hard-boiled eggs
- Apples, sliced mango, raw vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese
- Vegetable enchilada, sushi
- Naan bread, tortilla
- Water to quench thirst between meals