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Why Apples Don't Keep the Dentist Away

You have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but the same doesn’t go for the dentist. An recent article shared that research has shown that apples now contain up to 50 percent more sugar content than they did 10 years ago, so eating one a day could lead to more tooth decay.

A decade ago apples such as Golden Delicious and Granny Smith contained 10-11 percent sugar by weight. But new research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the typical apple now has a sugar content of up to 15 percent, which means it contains the equivalent of four teaspoons of sugar.

A professor in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College, London, studied tooth decay in children and found that those from vegan or ‘fruitarian’ families, who eat only fruit, often had the worst teeth.

Not only does fruit like apples and oranges have high sugar, but also they has a high acidity, which wears away tooth enamel. Once tooth enamel is worn away it doesn’t regenerate, so teeth become weaker and more prone to cavities.

Some dentists recommend that if you want to snack between meals, you should eat cheese instead of fruit because cheese neutralizes the acidity that can attack your tooth enamel.

If you would like to learn more about how to maintain your oral health or set-up an appointment for a dental cleaning, contact the friendly staff at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today and set-up your appointment.