They say too much candy rots your teeth, and every one of us has had occasion to hear it while growing up. It turns out this is true to some extent, but candy is not the only thing that can have this effect. You may find it hard to believe, but there are wholly natural fruits, which can mess with your perfect smile if you do not eat them the right way.
The Good Ones
- Crunchy fruits:Pears and apples, which have high water content, are a good way to cut sugar intake from alternative sweet fruits. The latter can erode your teeth, while the former does not. Water-filled fruits also stimulate saliva production, which is useful in clearing out any existing bacteria and sugar.
- Strawberries:This fruit is a natural teeth whitener, rich in Vitamin C, which keeps your gums tough enough to hold off infection.
- Grapes, cherries, and plums:These fruits too have high water content, as well as a wealth of nutrients that are good for your dental health.
The Bad Ones
The most problematic fruits from a dental perspective are those with added sugars in them, and those that are acidic in nature. Even the our dentist, Dr. Elzayat, has to offer would tell you that immoderate consumption of these could cause your teeth to suffer extensive damage.
- Citrus fruits:Lemons, grapefruits and such, which contain high portions of acid, generally erode the teeth and sensitize them beyond acceptable levels. It is best to consume these alongside larger meals that contain other foods.
- Fruit juices:Grapefruit juice and lemonade are not just acidic, but also filled with a good amount of added sugar, which compounds the potential damage to your teeth. If you cannot do without a fruit drink, then pick orange juice to minimize the harmful effects heaped on your teeth and gums.
- Dry fruits:Fruit that has been dried obviously loses all its water, but any sugar it once contained is still there. This would generally also be gooey enough to stick in between the teeth, making it harder to reach and remove. If left there, it could initiate tooth decay in a matter of weeks.
The best thing to do is try to stay away from citrus and dry fruits, or at least make sure you rinse thoroughly after eating any. Wait half an hour before brushing though, because your teeth would be sensitive right after.