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Are Raisins Good for Your Teeth or Harmful Sugar Bombs?

Posted on 9/30/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A pile of raisins.They say raisins are nature's candy. They're sweet little treats on their own and taste amazing mixed into cookies with oatmeal and some cinnamon. But are they really good for your teeth or can they wreak havoc on your dental health?

The Good
Raisins, along with other dried fruits, are a much healthier snack than other alternatives like chips or cookies. Studies have shown that raisins contain phytochemicals, or antioxidants. In fact, they've found five to be exact. One of these five, oleanic acid, is extremely helpful in fighting certain strains of oral bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

The Bad
Despite the fact that raisins contain these phytochemicals, as well as other important vitamins and minerals, they might not actually be that great for your teeth. Raisins, and other dried fruits, are extremely high in sugar, which bacteria love to feed on.

They are also sticky, and can linger on teeth for a longer period of time, giving that harmful bacteria more of an opportunity to feed and grow. Bacteria produce acids that destroy enamel and cause tooth decay.

The Verdict
If you enjoy raisins, you don't need to quit eating them. The best way to prevent tooth decay is with proper oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Eating raisins as part of a meal can help prevent them from sticking to your teeth, but if you choose to eat them for a snack between meals, brush again after eating them.

Also be sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year for thorough cleanings and exams. Your dentist will be able to detect signs of early tooth decay and gum disease, helping you to prevent it from happening.

If you have any concerns about eating raisins, or any other dried fruits, talk with your dentist. Together, you can come up with a plan to enjoy them and keep your mouth healthy.

Please contact us if you have any questions about raisins effects on your oral health.
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