8 Common Foods That Are Wrecking Your Teeth

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4. Tomato sauce

Yes, tomatoes are healthy, but they are also acidic: “Eating tomato sauce with spaghetti doubles the damage to enamel,” says Dr. Quartey. In fact, tomato-based sauces, dips, and dressings are the ultimate trifecta of the three primary teeth wreckers: acid, sugar, and pigments.

That delicious pasta sauce erodes enamel while sugar fuels destructive bacteria that demineralize your teeth. Both of these nasty actions make teeth more porous and a lot more vulnerable to staining by pigments. Dr. Quartey recommends pasta with cheese instead.

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