Eat Your Apple A Day, But Don’t Forget To Brush

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red-apple-biteAutumn means golden leaves, clear skies, and delicious foods made out of pumpkin and apple. In fact, October is the official month we celebrate apples here in the United States. You can’t deny the great taste of a crisp apple, nor would anyone ever tell you that an apple was an unhealthy snack.

Apples are low in calories and a great source of fiber and antioxidants, as well as B and C vitamins. And they also have a high sugar and acid content, which is where your teeth come in.

Over the last decade, the sugar content in apples has increased about 50 percent, due to new varieties and breeds being developed for a sweeter taste. Acid and sugar work together to erode the enamel of your teeth, and once the enamel is gone, it’s gone.

The usual adage most certainly applies when it comes to eating an apple: rinse your mouth out by drinking water when you’re finished, or brush your teeth about a half hour later. Why wait on brushing? Because the acid-exposed teeth are more susceptible to damage immediately after exposure, so a little wait will be less destructive.

Cutting out fruit as a healthy snack isn’t necessarily the answer, but being mindful of the acid some, like apples, contain is key. Drinking water or even eating a small piece of cheese after the fruit will help to neutralize the effects the acid has on your teeth.

Enjoy autumn. Enjoy a delicious apple. Just remember to chase it down with water, and your teeth will thank you.