Does this seem familiar? You’re on a break at work or at school and you have so little time, you wind up grabbing some junk food from a vending machine or eating some stale cookies that you found in your car or backpack. While consuming empty calories may tide off your hunger for a little while, you increase the risk of tooth decay when you choose less-than-healthy snacks.
At A Dental Care, we are devoted to preserving and improving the oral health of all our patients. This is why we would like to take this opportunity to mention some snacks good for your teeth that you can add to your routine now. They include delicious dairy products, nuts and fruit, making it easy to start snacking better!
- Almonds: They’re low in sugar and are packed with calcium, which is essential for strong teeth.
- Apples: Chewing high-fiber apples stimulates your gums and boosts salvia production to wash away food particles and harmful bacteria.
- Carrots: Full of vitamin A and plenty of fiber, carrots are like a natural toothbrush.
- Celery: Contains vitamin A and vitamin D to promote healthier gums while also keeping your teeth clean between meals.
- Cheese: is an excellent source of calcium. What’s more, consuming cheese raises the mouth’s pH level, which reduces the chances of getting tooth decay.
- Leafy Greens: Indulge in some kale or spinach to get calcium (building your tooth enamel). Greens have folic acid, which helps combat gum disease during pregnancy, according to a report from Colgate.
- Yogurt: Provides calcium as does cheese, but also has probiotics (helpful bacteria to combat cavity-causing bacteria).
Eating healthier snacks instead of cheap, sugary treats will give you a better nutritional boost as they also keep your teeth cleaner and healthier. It’s also prudent to schedule regular appointments with your dentist for cleanings and general checkups. To learn more about our approach to dentistry or to make an appointment, please get in touch with A Dental Care.