Preventing and avoiding cavities seems like a pretty easy thing to do these days, and I bet most of us think we have got the formula down pat. All you need to do is steer clear of sugary sodas and candy bars, make sure you brush and floss regularly and you should be fine, right? Not necessarily. It turns out that the perfect fuel for cavities may be lurking where we least expected it: in so-called 'health' products like as nutrition bars.
If you're a busy person on the go, chances are you've at least tried using nutrition bars to help make sure that you're getting the right amounts of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, as well as vitamins and minerals that your body requires to stay healthy. Or maybe you're an athlete or you participate in a regular workout routine so you keep a couple of bars in your bag to give you a post-workout boost. Either way, you could be putting yourself at serious risk of developing those nasty little craters that you thought only five-year-olds got.
According to Dr. Richard Price, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association and a retired Boston-area dentist, “They’re sticky and when something is sticky it stays in the mouth longer and the longer it stays in the mouth, the more time bacteria have to work on it. That creates an environment that’s not healthy for teeth.”
To find out more about this potential health hazard, read the whole article called “Gooey nutrition bars fuel energy — and cavities” on MSNBC (Sept. 11, 2009)