What To Know About Fruit
We’ve always heard that fruit is an extremely healthy food choice. And it’s true; it is rich in many essential nutrients such as vitamins as well as disease-fighting antioxidants. However, as with many beneficial things in life, it’s not without drawbacks. Fruit is so tempting and sweet because it is high in sugar content. And, as you probably know, sugar is high on the list of dentist’s concerns! Sugar fuels bacteria in our mouth that cause cavities and tooth decay. So when you do indulge in a sugary snack, it’s best to rinse out your mouth with water and then brush your teeth about 30 minutes later.
What about juice?
Furthermore, juice can be especially deceptive. It seems like a healthy beverage choice, but juice often contains more sugar per serving than the natural fruit themselves. That’s why it’s vital always to read the labels and understand just how much sugar you are ingesting. When it comes to beverages, water is always the healthiest option. However, if you drink juice, we recommend diluting it with as much as 90% water. When you get used to it, you’ll realize that a bit of sweetness goes a long way!
What’s the worst type?
There is one variety of fruit, in particular, that is especially harmful to teeth. And that is dried fruit. It’s all about the texture; fruit in its natural state is mostly water, but when it’s dehydrated, the flesh takes on a consistency very similar to gummy, chewy candy. This characteristic spells disaster for teeth since this dried fruit is likely to get stuck between teeth and those hard-to-reach places between molars. After eating these dried delectables, floss to remove debris, rinse with water, and be sure to brush!