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Foods to assist dental care
Updated: 3/18/2009 3:00:21 PM

Foods to assist dental care Eating certain fruits can give people extra dental care, but is by no means a substitute for a daily teeth cleaning or flossing.

Incorporating raisins and dates into one's diet can help fight against tooth decay and bacteria in the mouth, West Virginia newspaper the Herald-Dispatch reports.

Dates contain fluorine, an enamel-friendly compound with the ability to help reverse early tooth decay, according to the article.

Past research from the University of Illinois in Chicago showed raisins contained phytochemicals, which can fight bacteria that leads to cavities and gum disease. Researchers said the study ran counter to the public's perception of the fruit as being sweet, stick and detrimental to dental health.

News of these added ways to enhance one's dental care may be useful for people who may not have access to dental insurance, either from lost employment or the rising coverage costs. A recent survey found that more people are skipping out on dental care in an effort to save money on health care.

Some warning signs of the disease include bleeding gums and persistent bad breath or taste, according to the American Dental Association.

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