Worst Breakfast Foods for Your Teeth

Your breakfast could be ruining your teeth!

Yep, it’s the most important meal of the day. It’s also the meal a lot of people skip, or take on the go with them as they head to school or work.

The busier your morning, the more your breakfast choices suffer nutritionally.

At the same time, it’s also affecting one very important thing: your teeth!

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A well-balanced, home cooked breakfast is usually the healthiest, but we all know how often we have time to do that. As consumer trends and the popular breakfast items available at your local grocery store reflect, people love sweet breakfasts.

It’s just really nice starting your day with a glazed donut, or a stack of waffles or pancakes, right? And cereal is definitely healthy because it’s paired with milk, right? Wrong. All of these early-morning favorites have one thing in common: sugar.

Sugary foods are bad for your teeth and can have lots of adverse health effects. They can include bad breath (eww), cavities, and other disgusting side effects. To help you make healthier breakfast choices every morning, we’ve listed below the most common culprits that ruin your teeth.


muesli-1376575_1920Yes, your morning ritual is about to be disturbed. A favorite of school-goers and adults alike, this convenient breakfast food is usually very high in sugar content. Eating this for breakfast might give you a burst of energy then, but will lead to energy crashes later in the morning. Consuming such high amounts of sugar can also lead to cavities.

Worst of all, some of the most popular brands have the highest amounts of sugar: Coco Pops, Frosties, Nutri-Grain and Froot Loops. Did we just ruin your morning?


Yes, the shocks go on. Since we’ve told you how bad sugary cereals are for you (and let’s admit it, those are the best kind), we’re going to go ahead and rip the band-aid off and tell you your usual breakfast pastries are too.

We’re not trying to hurt you, honest! But many bakery items that you may grab with your coffee, such as doughnuts (sacré bleu!), Danishes and cinnamon buns are bad for your teeth. It’s regrettably advised that you stay away from breakfast foods that have a crust of sugar or icing on top.

Our sticky, syrupy favorites are also on this list. While the pancakes, waffles, and French toasts are not that bad for your teeth as such, the syrup we love to drown them in wreaks havoc on our teeth. Either try limiting the amount of syrup your pour on top (we know, it’s hard) or look for low-sugar syrups as an alternative.


cup-of-coffee-1414919_1920Speaking of coffee, we’re going to give you another hard blow: coffee and tea can both stain your tooth enamel. If you don’t want those unsightly stains, avoid these drinks. Or, if your day does not simply start without caffeine, try this hack: sip your tea or iced coffee through a straw, avoiding contact with your teeth completely. Has this lessened the blow a bit?

Orange Juice

Packaged orange juices have high acid content. It’s shown that orange juice erodes your enamel and can cause cavities to your teeth. It’s even worse than using whitening products on your teeth!

Dentists say that enamel gets damaged with anything that has a below a pH of 5.5. Packaged orange juices have a pH of 2.8 to 4.1!

So if you think you are doing your health a favour by consuming a glass of orange juice each morning with your breakfast…think again!

Have we ruined your mornings? We’re sorry. But it’s better that you know which breakfast foods are bad for your teeth so you can look for healthier options.

Remember, you only have one set of permanent teeth.

So make sure you get the right foods for your breakfast and get regular checkups with your dentist to prevent costly and painful treatments later on.

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