Dental Health: Current ResearchISSN: 2470-0886

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Demystifying Apples in Health and Dentistry

Demystifying Apples in Health and Dentistry

Apples are frequently associated with chewing and teeth. Anecdotal folklore ascribes magical powers to apples. Besides growing fresh fruit harvests for consumption, universally apple industries include ciders, fruit juices, dried fruits jellies and confection products. Large varieties of apples exist worldwide, but apple consumption does not prevent or cure tooth decay. Apples contain fermentable carbohydrates that overwhelm any protective plaque-biofilm removal apple fibre may impart after rigorous chewing. Malic acid in apple decalcifies enamel and allows for initiation of caries. Apples may be a good source of fibre and nutrients, but apples are not a benevolent detergent health chew.

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