The Best Snacks for Your Teeth
Almost everyone knows that sugary and acidic foods are not good for your teeth. Oftentimes, avoiding these enamel-eroding, cavity-causing foods is easy—at least at mealtime. Where most people run into problems is when they reach for a snack.
Snacks are usually intended to be tasty and savory, not nutritious. Consequently, they’re often packed with sugars and starches. These foods, especially candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay—not to mention a host of other health problems. The stickier snack foods are, the worse they are for your teeth. But if sweets are out, what can we safely turn to when the irresistible urge to snack strikes us?
There are plenty of great options! We don’t just mean broccoli, either—although it wouldn’t hurt to eat a few more greens! Here are Discover Dental’s favorite, tooth-friendly snacks:
Almonds are a handy source of calcium and protein that are also low in sugar. That means they’re great for your teeth! A quarter of a cup between lunch and dinner can really help fight hunger. Don’t be afraid to add a handful to a salad or to a stir-fry dinner, either!
The more brightly colored and sugary yogurts on the supermarket isle aren’t good for your teeth. But plain yogurt is high in calcium and protein, which makes it helpful for the strength and overall health of your teeth. The beneficial bacteria (probiotics) found in yogurt also benefit your gums, because the good bacteria crowd out bacteria that cause cavities.
Love cheese? You’re in luck! Eating cheese helps balance the acidity in our mouths, lowering the risk of tooth decay. The chewing required to eat cheese increases saliva in the mouth. Just like yogurt, cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.
Carrots are great because they’re crunchy and full of fiber. Just a handful of carrots at snacktime boosts saliva production in your mouth, which reduces the risk of cavities. In addition to being high in fiber, carrots are also a great source of vitamin A. If you can’t help dipping them, make sure it’s not into a sugary or sticky dip!
Twist! Most fruits, including apples, are full of sugar and acid, which are bad for teeth. Apples, however, are also high in fiber and water. Consequently, the action of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which helps rinse away bacteria and food particles. Much like carrots, the fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums.
As always, Discover Dental recommends shopping local in the Heights for your snacks! And remember, the best way to protect your teeth from sugars and acids is by brushing and flossing EVERY day and getting regular checkups from your dentist and Discover Dental, the friendliest dentist office in Houston! Call us today to book your next appointment!