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Crisps are better than raisins, say dentists

Uploaded August 24, 2017

“Children are better off eating crisps than raisins because of the damage the dried fruit cause to teeth.

While parents believe they are giving their children a healthy option, eating raisins is like “gluing sugar to the teeth” because of their stickiness, according to dentists.

Ben Atkins, a dentist and a spokesman for the British Dental Association, said crisps were “totally fine” for teeth. Ordinary crisps were better because some children’s brands had added sugar, he added.

Nicole Sturzenbaum, a dentist at Toothbeary, a children-only private dental practice in west London, said dried fruit snacks were a “nightmare”.

“These snacks have definitely contributed to the problem, in particular within the cohort of health-conscious parents who aim to provide their children with a healthy diet,” she said.

“All dried fruits, including muesli bars, are bad for teeth.”

The removal of decayed teeth is the most common operation carried out under anaesthetic on children aged between five and nine.

Every year about 25,000 children in this age group are admitted to hospital for the procedure in England.


  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Milk
  • Whole fruit
  • Crisps
  • Nuts


  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chewy sweets
  • Smoothies
  • Raisins
  • Processed fruit rolls”

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