Can the Antioxidants in Raisins Improve Your Oral Health?
Posted on 3/25/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
If you have researched which foods are and are not good for your teeth, you've probably come across raisins as being a major no-no when it comes to dental health. Like other dried fruits, raisins are extremely sticky, so many dental health professionals recommend that you avoid them, especially when giving your children a snack.
While the sugar in them isn't known to cause much damage, the problem results when tiny pieces of the fruit are able to stick to the teeth. They are difficult to clean away, and when they are allowed to stay on your teeth for a considerable amount of time, they can eat away at the enamel to cause cavities.
Despite the fact that dried fruit is known to cause these problems, research has shown that raisins can actually help to prevent tooth decay. This is because a chemical analysis of the fruit found that they contain several important antioxidants, one of which has been shown to inhibit the growth of two main bacteria species.
This antioxidant is known as oleanolic acid, and it can slow down cavity and gum disease onset, and it can even prevent the bacteria that cause cavities from developing in the first place.
While this is important news, if you do choose to snack on raisins, you'll still need to take precautions. A good oral hygiene routine is crucial, especially after you eat these sticky fruits. Brushing, flossing, and vising the dentist regularly will ensure that you aren't leaving any food particles behind that could cause cavities, and it will also work to remove plaque before it has a chance to harden and become tartar.
Do you have questions about raisins or any other dietary concern when it comes to your teeth? Talk to your dentist at your next cleaning, or contact our office today.