We all know fruit is an essential part of having a healthy and well balanced diet. It boosts your immune system, it is a perfect source of vitamins, Minerals and antioxidants. Eating fruits regularly reduces the risk of illnesses and chronic diseases.
This blog post is about when and how to have fruit not to harm your teeth.
Dried fruit has lost most of it water which is why it is very high in sugar content. Sugar is more concentrated in dried fruit. More sugar can cause more cavities. Harmful bacteria in our mouths consume the sugar of the food we et and produce acids as a by-product, which can cause tooth decay and resolve the mineral part of our teeth. Dried fruit has the disadvantage of being very sticky which means it stays on your tooth for longer than usual.
Canned fruit usually is bathing in a large amount of syrup. Even those that are labelled "light" still have too much syrup for your teeth. They can cause cavities if taken regularly. If you like canned fruit as a snack, make sure it doesn’t have any added sugar or is packaged in 100 percent fruit juice.
fruit juice usually has a lot of added sugar in it, specially if it is packaged for children. In fact most of the fruit juice sold in shops has as much sugar as a can of soda sometimes even more!!!
On the other hand fruit juice is very acidic too. The combination of sugar and acid can harm your teeth permanently. While acid weakens tooth enamel, sugar feeds cavity-causing bacteria and contributes to decay.
As a general rule, try to eat your fruit fresh! Not only is it better for your teeth, but the fibber in whole fruit slows the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream, making it much healthier for your body. Of course it’s okay to have juice and dried or canned fruit every once in awhile. But remember to rinse with water after and brush and floss to protect your pearly whites!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified dentist in Melbourne with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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