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Healthy Foods That Are Terrible For Your Teeth

By Sara Butler

You know by now that sugar-laden foods aren't great for your teeth -- and your teeth need to be taken care of as an integral part of your overall health. The problem is that it's not simply obvious foods that are bad for your teeth. In fact, there are some foods considered healthy that can damage your teeth. Here are some foods you should keep tabs on for the sake of your oral health, even if they are healthy for the rest of you.

Herbal Teas

Herbal teas have some amazing benefits to your health such as antioxidants to protect your cells, reduced risk of chronic disease, and even fat-burning properties. The problem is that they're not great for your pearly whites.

Studies have found that teeth exposed to herbal teas lost enamel from the surface of the tooth. That doesn't mean you need to give up your lemon zinger or sleepytime chamomile, but it does mean that you may want to discuss your herbal tea habit with your dentist and make sure your enamel is healthy.

Citrus Fruits

Oranges, lemons, and limes -- oh my! Citrus fruits are full of benefits to your health, but they also are full of citric acid that can wear away the enamel on your teeth. In studies, it has been found that lemon is the biggest offender, followed by grapefruits and oranges. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy your afternoon cutie, but it does mean you need to keep up on your oral health to keep your enamel strong.

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits are dangerous territory for a variety of reasons when it comes to your teeth. They're full of concentrated sugar that stick to your teeth and does damage. If you want to get in your extra servings of fruit with the dried variety, then you should try to add it into a meal. Throw some cranberries in your oatmeal or dried apricots to your quinoa. When you eat them with other foods during a meal and not simply as a snack, then your saliva production will kick up a notch and help to rinse away any food particles left behind and reduce the negative impact on your enamel.

Take care of your teeth to take care of your health overall! If you have questions, talk to your dentist and your chiropractor today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glenview, Ill.

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