Healthy foods can damage your teeth, too

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Marina Munoz never thought she'd end up at her dentist because of the healthy food she eats.

"I eat a lot of kale and quinoa, granola, yogurt, carrots," Munoz said.

As nutritious as all those are, the fact is the healthiest food may cause the most damage for the teeth.

"Healthy foods can break teeth, healthy foods can simply chip teeth, healthy foods can get trapped in between your teeth," said Dr. Robert Fields, a dentist.

He said that can happen with a wide variety of things, from hard apples and carrots to hard nuts and beans, cauliflower, broccoli, taffy and even hard kale treats.

"So the damage I had to my teeth with my veneers coming off, missing teeth and chips and cracks," Munoz said.

Luckily, none of the damage was permanent.

Munoz's dentist Dr. Robert Fields was able to fix it all with bonds, veneers and other techniques.

Munoz and Fields have some advice for others who want to eat healthy.

"As you take that bite of food, digest it, chew it slowly, digest it carefully before you take the next bite," Fields said. "Don't be in a rush."

Munoz said she eats all of the same foods, but she doesn't bite apples, she eats slices of apples. She also chews granola in the back of her mouth.