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Raisins: A snack that can benefit dental health?
Updated: 12/30/2010 1:00:04 PM

No matter what, routine dental care is important The holiday season is known for having a plethora of snacks available to partygoers and as well as random drop-ins to one's home. However, in a season of some many sweets and treats, it may be hard for some to maintain optimal dental health.

This is where raisins may come into play and may be the holiday snack fit for anyone.

A past study that was conducted at the University of Illinois in Chicago's College of Dentistry found that compounds in raisins may fight certain bacteria in the mouth that can cause cavities and gum disease.

Christine D. Wu, lead author in the study, stated that her research showed phytochemicals suppressed oral bacteria, which ran counter to the stigma that raisins were merely sweet snacks that stuck to people's teeth.

"Foods that are sticky do not necessarily cause tooth decay; it is mainly the added sugar (sucrose) that contributes to the problem," said Wu.

While raisins may be good healthy option this holiday season, it does not excuse people from avoiding routine dental care. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily as well as flossing to maintain optimal dental health.

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