Is fruit good for your teeth?
It all depends on the type of fruit we eat. Fruit in its composition varies, so it can leave different effects on your teeth. People often prefer fruits than vegetables, because of sugary taste. There are different ways you can eat fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, in the form of juices or jams).
Fresh fruit is the best option for the health of your teeth. However, it is necessary to balance your meals. Any exaggeration, of course, can be reflected with negative consequences. Fresh fruit contains sugars, that is why it can contribute to tooth decay under experimental conditions. In reality it isn’t the main factor of caries in humans, but carbohydrates are. We would need to consume a fruit 17 times per a day, so that the tooth decay would emerge. Fresh fruit contains a lot of vitamins, which otherwise contribute to oral health and is part of a balanced diet.
Frozen fruit is like a fresh fruit. It is still better than any other industrially prepared fruit listed below, as it does not contain added sugar.
Canned fruit often has added sugar, so they are not the most healthy choice of fruit. They can actually higher the risk for development of caries if eaten to often.
Fruit juice can be harmful to the teeth if we are talking about those that are sold in stores and are not freshly squeezed. These juices contain a lot of added sugar, additives and little or no fruit. It is recommended not to drink more than one glass of that kind of juice per a day.
Dried fruit is not healthy for your teeth. Dried fruit loses all the water, leaving behind only sugar. Problematic is also its stickiness, due to which remains a long time on the teeth. Certain dried fruit also has added sugar.
Jams also cause tooth decay, because they have a lot of added sugar. Fruit that is boiled can release intrinsic sugars and cast a lot of water. Moreover, jams are frequently spreaded on bread, which can be even more harmful. Bread with jam adheres to the teeth and the saliva can’t remove it so easily.
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