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Are Any Types of Produce Dangerous for Your Oral Health?

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Mark Bieber
Are Any Types of Produce Dangerous for Your Oral Health?In general, fruit and vegetables are one of the healthiest food groups there are and making sure you have plenty of produce in your diet will make sure you are healthy, full of energy and living a positive lifestyle. However, it may be best to cut down on some produce, as some are healthier than others. While they all contain vitamins and minerals, some have other qualities that can have an impact on your oral cavity.

Fruit and Vegetables You Should Cut Down On

Oranges are known for their Vitamin C content, and are a staple of a child's lunchbox, however, the citrus that they contain can be damaging to the enamel of the oral cavity. It can make teeth more susceptible to decay, by creating the right environment for bacteria to manifest. Not to mention the irritation citrus can cause to an ulcer or wound in the mouth.

While some dried fruit can be beneficial to the mouth, and help protect the teeth from harmful bacteria, other dried fruit does the opposite. Dried apricots and figs, for example, are very sticky and contain a high concentration of sugar. So, when they get stuck between and around the teeth, it can cause the sugar to break down the enamel. Flossing and brushing teeth after dried fruit can help limit the effects the sticky sugar has upon the teeth.

If you are unsure on whether a fruit or vegetable could be damaging to your teeth, think of whether it contains citrus, or if it is sticky. Both of these qualities are dangerous for tooth enamel. Fruits like apple, celery and carrots are more solid, and so they increase the production of saliva, and do not cling to the teeth in the same way as dried fruit. Our dentists can tell you what foods are best for the mouth and can help advise you on the correct diet for a healthy lifestyle.

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