While we have all been told that eating too much candy is bad for our teeth, relatively few patients are aware that seemingly healthy and nutritious foods such as raisins and whole wheat bread also pose potential problems. The fact is that all carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which then are converted into “plaque” by bacteria in the mouth. It is this sticky residue that is primarily responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. This risk is increased when carbohydrate-based foods such as raisins and whole-grain breads adhere to tooth surfaces and collect below the gum line. At this point, they can pose nearly as much of a danger to oral health as caramel in candy bars.
P.S. To protect your teeth from the acid in sodas, sip water or chew sugarless gum to activate acid-neutralizing saliva, and then brush your teeth.