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The saying “you are what you eat” is even more irritating when you realise how true it is. In terms of the health of your teeth, the health of your food choices is extremely apparent. Our dental hygienist can very clearly see what you’ve been eating by the amount of plaque coating your teeth. After we eat a sugary snack, the sugars in that food or drink cause the enamel on your tooth to break down. If enough of the enamel has broken down, there is a big chance of a cavity forming. How can you avoid the likelihood of you developing a cavity? By avoiding the foods listed below. Some of them may be surprising!

What foods are bad for my teethBread

This entry may surprise some of you! When we chew bread, the saliva in your mouth breaks down the bread’s starch into sugar. Now the starch is a paste, this paste easily sticks to the crevices between your teeth. This means that cavities are likely to form. If you’re feeling the need to eat some carbs, your dentist will recommend you pick a less-refined bread like whole-wheat. This type of bread contains less sugars and aren’t broken down as easily.


Many of us are already aware of the health risks to drinking alcohol, but it also doesn’t so much for the health of your teeth. Alcohol is known to dry out our mouths – a money making technique. You buy a drink, consume it, your mouth dries out very fast, so you buy another drink because you’re still thirsty. Although a great way for the alcohol companies to make a profit, it comes at a sacrifice of the health of your teeth. If your mouth is dry, this means that your mouth is lacking saliva. Saliva is crucial in keeping our teeth healthy, as it prevents food from sticking to our teeth and it washes away food particles.


Maybe the most surprising entry on this list, is citrus based fruits. Yes, fruit can be a bad choice! Fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons are all extremely tasty as fruits or juices and most of your body will thank you for choosing these over a traditionally unhealthy snack. However, these fruits are extremely high in acidity. Even just squeezing their juice into water to add flavour, transfers a lot of acid into your water. Again, this acid will break down the enamel on your teeth. Also, citrus fruits can be extremely bothersome to any hidden mouth sores – they won’t be hidden for too long!

What foods are bad for my teethCarbonated drinks

This one will come to no surprise, as the majority of us are aware of the problems from drinking too many fizzy drinks. Even those that have the word “diet” in the title, will still cause a lot of harm to your teeth if over-consumed. In fact, a recent study in America actually confirmed that drinking a large amount of carbonated drinks does the same amount of damage to your teeth as using drugs such as methamphetamine and crack cocaine!

It’s the acid in the carbonated drinks which cause your dentist to wince. The acid attacks your tooth enamel, causing it to break down. By drinking constant fizzy drinks, you’re essentially coating your teeth in this damaging acid. But not only does it do damage to your teeth through the acid consumption, but darkly coloured sodas are very likely to stain your teeth. In general, it’s best to avoid these products or drink them in moderation.

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Down House Dental Practice - Dentist in Steyning Sussex

What Our Patients Say

Based on 62 reviews
Lucy MacDonald
Lucy MacDonald
Highly recommended this Practice. They are great with my kids and have been looking after us as a family for almost 10 years now. Had my first hygienist appointment yesterday and I was very impressed. Professional, kind and flexible Practice with great staff.
whp Jesse
whp Jesse
The dentist and dental nurse were very helpful, friendly and efficient.
Stephanie Grant
Stephanie Grant
I can't speak highly enough of Down House dental practice. The whole staff is excellent and I have had brilliant treatment there.
Pete Evans
Pete Evans
Had nothing but positive experiences. Learned more about dental hygiene here than any of the previous practises I've been to.
Katie Mason
Katie Mason
This review is for Tesh the hygenist. I honestly can't recommend Tesh more highly. He is incredibly thorough and clearly knows what he's doing. Tesh is so good I have upped the amount of times I see him to every four months rather than every six. He keeps detailed notes of every visit so he can carefully track how I'm doing and help me target specific areas of concern. As I am getting older keeping my gums healthy becomes more important as I really want to keep as many teeth as possible in old age! Tesh is always upbeat, very encouraging and also keen to know how I and my family are doing.
Steve Handerer
Steve Handerer
Good dentist, well organised. Dental plan helps with cost.
Nigel Abbott
Nigel Abbott
Needed an emergency appointment, ,managed to get me seen and sorted within 2hrs, excellent service, very professional staff, fees very reasonable, all in all a pleasant experience under the circumstances
Graham Cooper
Graham Cooper
Dr Ali was very good with giving me advice about my tretment for a broken tooth. I would recommend him as a dentist.

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We are conveniently located at 📍17 Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease.

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