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Healthy Foods Could Be Damaging Your Teeth

Dentist say tooth enamel may be the hardest substance in your body, but it is breakable.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Eating healthy foods is a catch 22, because they could be damaging your teeth. Dentist say tooth enamel may be the hardest substance in your body, but ironically, it's breakable. Healthy snacks like dried fruit can hurt your enamel because you're teeth are grinding sticky sugar.

Eating almonds and nuts can also hurt your teeth, because it breaks down the enamel causing cracks. These cracks could eventually lead to a root canal. Joplin Dentist Doctor James Lewis says drinks like diet soda, Gatorade, and even apple juice can also ruin your teeth.

"If they're constantly exposed to that all day long then the acids within those are obviously attacking the tooth structure and doing damage," said Doctor James Lewis, Dentist.

According to the American Dental Association, the phosphorus in red meat helps protect tooth enamel and bone, and eating carrots and celery allows your teeth to grind without the danger of splitting a molar.
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