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How Apples Affect Your Teeth

September 29, 2015
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

Everyone knows that apples are a tasty and healthy snack. But if you do a quick search for how apples affect your teeth, you may see some differing results. Some posts say that apples are great for teeth, and others warn about the high acidity and sugar content. So which is it? Are apples good or bad for your teeth?

The Good

The good—no, the great thing about apples when it comes to your teeth is that they work as a sort of natural toothbrush. Their crunchy texture and tough skin can stimulate your gums as would happen when you brush and floss. Of course, a natural toothbrush should never replace the real thing, but your mouth will benefit from that extra stimulation.

Apples are also rich in fiber, which is good for your teeth and your body. Natural fiber helps kill bad bacteria in your mouth, which makes it great for curing bad breath and fighting tooth decay.

The Bad

Apples are highly acidic, and that acid can damage your enamel. They are also high in natural sugar which can harm your teeth.

The Verdict

Keep eating apples. The benefits far outweigh the risks.

It wouldn’t be a good idea to leave an apple in your mouth for a long period of time—allowing the acid and sugar to eat away at your teeth. Not only would that be bad for your teeth, but it would look silly too.

Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes between eating an apple and brushing your teeth. The acid from the apple will leave your teeth a little soft for a little while, and brushing within that time could wear away your enamel.

You should also always drink water throughout the day. This will keep you hydrated and wash away stubborn bacteria in your mouth. As long as you don’t go overboard with your apple consumption, brush twice and floss once every day, and you make it to the dentist twice a year, your teeth will most likely be fine.

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