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You know that choosing healthy foods can help your body stay healthy and strong. Similarly, you may know that choosing the right foods can help you keep your teeth healthy and strong, and that choosing the wrong foods could damage your teeth. It is true that certain foods can crack your teeth, but do you know which foods you should avoid?

One of the top foods that lead to cracked smiles might surprise you. You see, popcorn—specifically popcorn kernels—often lead to cracked teeth. Most often, this issue comes from grabbing a handful of popcorn and accidentally biting into a kernel. In other words, please remember to exercise some caution when you’re eating popcorn.

Similarly, did you know that bread can actually crack or chip your teeth? Soft breads are fine, but hard breads, such as baguettes, biscotti, or pretzels, are more dangerous. If you are eating these foods, please remember to take small bites to protect your teeth. Finally, please also be weary of hard candies and nuts. Aside from leaving residues that stick to your teeth where they could cause decay, hard candies may hurt your teeth if you decide to chew on them. Nuts can also cause problems, especially if they have hard shells.

Having cracked teeth can leave you more vulnerable to infection and tooth decay. In addition, cracked teeth can’t heal on their own. If you’re worried about cracked teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 704.987.2277. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!