While nutritional bars may appear to be good for one’s health, some dental care experts are revealing that these snacks can create a nesting ground for cavities to form in a person’s mouth.

Dr Richard Price, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, recently told MSNBC.com that people who eat nutritional bars on a regular basis may be at a higher risk of developing tooth decay.

“It’s the consistency of these bars,” Price said. “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.”

Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates are left on the teeth. Nutritional bars are one such food and because people usually eat them on-the-go, the seemingly healthy snack has the potential to wreak havoc on one’s dental health.

To avoid developing cavities, the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly to maintain optimal dental health.

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