Healthy and strong teeth allows us to easily enjoy a variety of foods and to maintain a healthy diet. However, certain snacks are not tooth-friendly, which may lead to potential dental issues. Learn which snacks should be limited or avoided.
Fruit tape- Fruit tape or fruit leathers are dried fruits which are highly concentrated in fruit sugars. Since these types of snacks have a sticky consistency, they remain stuck in the grooves of the teeth for longer periods of time than other foods.
Raisins & dried fruits- Similar to fruit tape, raisins and other dried fruits are concentrated in fruit sugars and easily become stuck in the grooves of the teeth.
Granola snacks and bars- While these are touted as a healthy snack, they can be high in sugars. As well, they often include dried fruits and chocolate which stick to teeth easily.
Crackers- Sweet is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about crackers. However, crackers are highly processed foods which have added sugars. Fermentable carbohydrates in the crackers are broken down by bad bacteria in the mouth which produces harmful acids that damage tooth enamel. The consistency of crackers while chewing leads to them getting stuck on teeth and between teeth.
Fruit juices- Fruit juices tend to be sweet and acidic, which are a harmful combination for teeth. Even if fruit juice is made of 100% real fruit juice, its sugar content is still high. It is better to eat natural fruit than to get the benefits of fruit from fruit juice.
– Fresh fruit low in acidic content
– Streamed or raw vegetables
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