Rampant tooth decay from raisins.

Once or twice a year one of my regular patients with perfect teeth will call me with a toothache. Andy had a toothache. When I reviewed his chart all 28 teeth were intact. The X-rays taken 6-8 months ago looked great. Our new X-Ray now revealed rampant tooth decay causing the toothache. 

My first question was did you start any new medications? When he denied taking any new medications I then asked are you eating raisins?  His wife decided to start giving the entire family healthy snacks. Raisins are nature's natural gummy bears. They are very high in sugar and stick to every tooth surface. Many patients feel if it's natural or organic it can't do any harm. Natural foods or supplements can be very high is sugar or interact with your regular medications. 

As a rule if it contains sugar (natural or not) and sticks to your teeth it will cause decay and not a good idea. Sugar free products that stick to your teeth can also cause decay so be careful when choosing your snacks. If you think you have a cavity call the Levittown office (516) 796-6600 for a quick exam. It's a lot easier, cheaper and faster to fix a small cavity than wait until it hurts.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com