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What Is Fruit Doing to Your Smile? Part One

  • May 1, 2015

Eating healthily is important for everyone. Few things have as much an effect on your well being as what you put into your body. But making informed and healthy food choices is becoming increasingly difficult. With so many fad diets and so much conflicting information out there, how are supposed to know what is what? This week’s trendy “superfood” may be next week’s, health food boogie man.

There is no such thing as a perfect food. Everything you eat is going to affect your health, in good ways and bad. Fruit for example, has been a staple in human diets as long as there have been humans. And the health benefits of eating fruit is undeniable. But what is fruit doing to your teeth?

At Holly Dental Care we want the people of Holly, MI to be able to make informed decisions about what they eat, not based on fads and trends, but on simple facts.

Tooth Decay

Cavities are one the most common concerns people have when it comes to oral health. After all, tooth decay is responsible for quite a few dental ailments, both cosmetic and health related. Many people choose fruit as a snack for the sole purpose of protecting their teeth, but fruit is not the perfect substitute for candy and other sugary sweets.

Citrus

Oranges and grapefruits, lemons and lime. These fruits are popular among the health conscious for a reason. They are loaded with Vitamin-C, which boosts the immune system and helps protect you from illness.

Unfortunately, these fruits are also high in acid. Citric acid can weaken and erode the enamel on your teeth. Weakened enamel puts your teeth at a higher risk for decay, and increases your chances of developing cavities, which if not treated, can cause a variety of health issues, both oral and general.

Dried Fruits

What could be wrong with nature’s candy? Raisins and prunes are healthy alternatives to overly processed candies and cakes, but they are just as bad for your teeth. The bacteria that cause tooth decay are not picky about the sugar they consume. Whether it comes from a natural source or a not-so-natural source makes no difference. The bacteria will take that sugar and convert it to acid, which as you know, is bad for your teeth.

The real problem with dried fruits, though, is the texture. Raisins and prunes are chewy and sticky. which means it’s hard to get the sugar off of your teeth. Your tongue and saliva normally do a pretty good job of keeping your teeth free of bits of food. But when the food is as sticky as dried fruit, they are less effective.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice has all the tooth decaying sugar and acid that fruit does, without any of the healthy fiber found in the flesh of the fruit. Fiber helps your body to process sugar, so as far as your general health goes, it is much better to eat actual fruit than to simply drink the juice. And as for your dental health, fruit juice concentrates the sugar and acid, so it is still hard on your teeth.

Your best bet is to eat fruit for the vitamins and fiber, but treat fruit juice like you would soft drinks, a once in a while special treat.

We Can Help

Come visit Holly Dental Care for regular cleanings and examinations. Not only will we help you prevent tooth decay, we can treat it when it occurs. Slight decay can be treated with a filling, while severe decay may require a root canal. But don’t worry, our office in Holly, MI uses the latest in pain free dental technology to ensure that your experience is a pleasant one and that you leave feeling and looking great!

Call today to schedule an appointment!

And don’t don’t forget to check back for part two of this blog series.

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