There are certain foods that damage your teeth. While nobody looks forward to a dentist appointment, the slight discomfort from a routine exam or cleaning is nothing compared to the pain (not to mention the expense) of procedures such as fillings and root canals. Wouldn’t it be nice to just not have to deal with any of it? Well, there is a way you can, and it calls for strategic eating. What you eat or don’t eat can greatly lower your chances of needing dental work. There are plenty of foods that people should be avoiding if they want to keep their teeth in good shape. Following are the top 5 foods that dentists try not to have in their kitchen—and how they prevent food-related tooth damage whenever “bad foods” do manage to make it past their lips.