What Foods Can Potentially Chip Your Teeth?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_wade @ 7:26 pm
popcorn and kernels

Free solo climbing, bull running, scuba diving, big wave surfing, eating corn on the cob…these are all potentially dangerous activities. What’s dangerous about corn on the cob? Well, this blog post is going to get into that and some other foods that can chip teeth in Frisco. Keep reading to learn from your emergency dentist about items that warrant caution while eating.

Hard Candy

From cough drops to lollipops, hard candy is bad news for your teeth. If you bite into it too soon, you can chip or crack a tooth. If you choose to let it dissolve in your mouth, prolonged exposure to sugar can increase your chances of developing a cavity.

Fruit Pits

Cherries, olives, and peaches are some potential sources of pit problems. Don’t trust labels that say, “pits removed,” since it’s very possible a few may have been missed. These are quite dangerous like popcorn kernels.


Go wild with shaved ice, but it’s cubed ice that requires caution. Chewing ice can cause your teeth to develop microscopic, hairline cracks that can increase in size over time.

Corn on the Cob

The shape of your front teeth is not designed for biting and grinding into corn cobs. Those are your thinner teeth with less enamel, so they are at higher risk of a chip or fracture. It’s wise to avoid corn on the cob altogether if you have fillings, veneers, or crowns. Simply remove the kernels before eating.

Hard Breads

Toast, bagels, pretzels, biscotti, and snack mixes all qualify here with tooth-breaking potential. You could reduce the risk by dipping them into butter or olive oil.


When eating nuts in their shells, such as peanuts, sunflower seeds, or pistachios, it’s wise to avoid cracking them open with your mouth. Even with shelled nuts, be aware that there could be sharp fragments in the package.


Don’t worry about popped popcorn, it’s the unpopped kernels you’ve got to watch out for. A kernel is one of the most dangerous items on this list and can even break apart a filling.

You don’t have to quit enjoying the foods that you love for the sake of your oral health. Just be cautious and know what you’re biting into. If you do accidentally chip or crack a tooth, make sure to get in touch with your emergency dentist in Frisco right away! 

About the Practice

At Stonebriar Smile Design, we have four dentists with one common goal – to give our patients the chance to enjoy beautiful smiles along with healthy bodies for years to come. To that end, we work alongside other physicians to manage your overall health and well-being, and we have strived to ensure that our team is as highly trained as possible. If you have an incident with foods that can chip teeth in Frisco, we’re ready to be your emergency dentist. Give us a call at (972) 377-7800 so we can try to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.

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