Raisins Help Fight Tooth Decay!

raisinDon’t let the sweet taste of raisins fool you! Despite the sugary taste and long-lived communal perception that raisins promote cavities, they actually fight off cavity-causing bacteria found in the mouth.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry identified phytochemicals in raisins that help destroy and prevent the growth of bacteria linked to gum disease and tooth decay. Researchers observed that the chemicals found in raisins suppress oral bacteria including Streptococcus mutans, which causes cavities, and Porphyromonas gingivalis, which causes periodontal disease.

The study found that the oleanolic acid found in raisins helps block the oral bacteria from adhering to surfaces and forming dental plaque. Thus, the bacteria were unable to release acids that deteriorate the tooth enamel.

The stickiness and sweet taste of raisins often makes one believe that eating them will lead to tooth decay. However, raisins do not contain sucrose, which many experts claim causes oral health problems.

Yet, one must still keep in mind some general tips to maintain good oral health:

  • It is essential to brush and floss daily to remove food particles that remain on teeth, which leads to tooth decay.
  •  It is also important to schedule regular dentist cleanings and checkups to keep your teeth healthy!

Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be more than happy to answer your questions, thoughts, or concerns about oral health. Please feel free to contact us today at 781-237-9071 or


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