Everyone knows sugary desserts and carbonated sodas are bad for your teeth. But did you know certain fruits and other foods otherwise considered healthy (or at least not bad) for you can actually be damaging for your teeth? Here are 6 common foods you may be surprised to learn can wreak havoc on your teeth.

1. Dried Fruits

All fruits have some degree of nutritional value. But when fruits are dried, not only lose a lot of their nutritional value, they also take on a sticky texture. This stickiness can wreak havoc on your teeth. The longer any food sticks to your teeth, the more the acid producing bacteria that breaks down this food is produced, which also breaks down tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay. You don’t need to give dried fruits up entirely to protect your teeth. Just rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after eating them, and if necessary to remove residual food matter, brush or floss your teeth.

2. Citrus Fruits

Certainly, fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits are high in valuable vitamin C. But while regular intake of ascorbic acid (ie vitamin C) provides essential immune system support, frequent intake of citric acid can erode tooth enamel and, over time, cause tooth decay. By rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash after eating citrus foods, you can help prevent this decay.

3. Pickles

While we’re on the subject of acids, let’s examine pickles. Sweet pickles are obviously bad for teeth because of their sugar content. But sour and dill pickles can be bad for teeth for a wholly different reason. All pickles are soaked in vinegar. All vinegar is high in acids. These acids can wear down tooth enamel and expose your teeth to risks like tooth decay.

4. Berries

Berries like raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are a great source antioxidants. But they’re also hyper-pigmented, which means they have a high concentration of pigmentation that can stain your teeth if not adequately cleaned off. Just be sure to brush lightly when cleaning off berry pigmentation because tooth enamel is fragile and you certainly don’t want to cause damage in your effort to prevent it.

5. White Bread

If you’ve ever had white bread stick to the roof your mouth, then you already have an inkling of why it can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. When residual amounts of this sticky material gets stuck in your teeth, they can cause tooth decay as they continue to break down. To avoid this problem, switch to whole grain breads.

6. Whole Almonds

Almonds provide the body high concentrations of healthy fats and vitamin C. But biting down on whole almonds can cause great strain on your teeth. To avoid this while still enjoying the taste and nutritional value of raw almonds, eat almond slivers instead.

When you think about nutrition, don’t forget to include your teeth and gums in the equation. You can still enjoy many of the healthful foods you’ve grown to love, as long as you do so in a manner that’s also conscious of your dental health.