Dried fruit contains super-concentrated sugar since water is lost in the drying process. A study shows that evidence is not enough to conclude that dried fruit damages teeth.
- The assertion that dried fruits are sticky and adhere to the teeth is based on very weak evidence.
- Further research on the effects of chewing dried fruit on the teeth is required.
- Dried fruit has immense nutritional benefits as well as having antimicrobial compounds. Other benefits are triggering salivary flow.
Dr Sadler says that further research into the effects of chewing dried fruit on the teeth is required, including balancing any detrimental effects against potentially positive attributes such as encouraging salivary flow and the presence of anti-microbial compounds and sorbitol in the fruit.
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