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Are Raisins Good for Your Teeth?

A sticky snack is good for your teeth? Say it isn’t so!

According to a study at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, “Phytochemicals are antioxidants found in plants. One of the five phytochemicals the study identified in raisins is oleanolic acid. In the study, oleanolic acid inhibited the growth of two species of oral bacteria: Streptococcus mutans, which causes cavities, and Porphyromonas gingivalis, which causes periodontal disease.”

Basically, certain chemicals in raisins suppress the growth of oral bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease.

Before you eat an entire box of raisins, keep in mind the usual dental care practices:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss to get any excess raisins out of your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups.
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