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How Healthy Snacks Benefit Your Teeth

Posted on September 4th, 2019 by Dr. Peter Tomaselli

Keeping your oral health in good shape means eating well and properly, such as having well-balanced meals and eating the necessary nutrients. When you have a poor diet, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. As your dentist in Old Town, Chicago, we want to make sure that you are eating foods that are low in sugar and high in protein and fiber to help control the amount of sugar you consume.

Why Are Sugars Bad For Your Teeth?

When you ingest sugar, the bacteria in the plaque absorb the sweet stuff and turns it into acids, which are powerful enough to dissolve the hard enamel that’s normally on your teeth. When enamel erodes, cavities can occur so make sure you consider what types of snacks you choose to consume. What’s in the food you’ve chosen to eat? The healthier the option—one with less sugar—the better it will be for your teeth and overall health. Sticky and chewy snacks stay in your mouth longer than foods that you can chew and swallow quickly, ultimately boosting the chance for the acids to erode the enamel.

What Are Some Healthy Snacks?

There are many healthy snacks to choose from whether you’re in the mood for a fruit and vegetable snack or a dairy snack. Fresh fruits and vegetables to consider snacking on are oranges, celery, cucumbers, and tomatoes. You can also consider eating low-fat yogurts and cheeses to meet your cravings.

Final Tips

Make sure you are choosing sugary foods less often and avoiding sweets in between your meals. Eating a variety of low or non-fat foods can help your health and the overall care of your teeth. After you eat a meal or snack, consider brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. As your dentist in Old Town, Chicago, we are happy to help you keep your oral health in tip-top shape! Contact us today if you have any questions about what constitutes as a healthy snack or if you’re ready for your bi-yearly checkup.

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