orange causes cavities

Can Oranges Cause Cavities?

While there is no doubt that foods high in sugar can cause cavities and lead to a trip to the dentist, were you aware that citrus fruit could play a role? This isn’t the only “problem food” that can hurt our teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • Citrus fruits contain acids that can eat at tooth enamel, increasing risk of cavities.
  • Bread contains a high level of starches that are converted into sugar.
  • Alcohol can dry the mouth, which also leads to tooth decay.

“After you eat a sugary snack or meal, the sugars cause the bacteria to release acids that attack tooth’s enamel.”

Learn about other foods which should be avoided:


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.