Dried fruit might seem like a great alternative to sweet treats like candy, but they’re not. While fruit might have more nutrients than candy, from other standpoints, they’re as bad as, or worse than, many types of candy. Dried fruit is very high in sugar, and it’s sticky, like a caramel. When sugary foods stick to your teeth, it provides oral bacteria with a steady supply of food in one place. This lets oral bacteria thrive in the area, and they produce acid that attacks your teeth.