What Makes Some Snacks Good or Bad for Teeth?

With the Clovid19, increase at being at home, many of us are snacking a bit more than usual. So if you are someone like us, giving in to the snacks, do you know how to choose the better option?

Snacks that are high in sugars or carbohydrates and are acidic are unhealthy for your teeth. “Sticky” snacks that can adhere to your teeth are especially bad, as they increase the chance of causing cavities. Eating too many foods that are high in sugar or carbs give the bacteria in your mouth more “fuel” to cause tooth decay. It’s important to be aware of the food you’re snacking on; if you do treat yourself, be sure you’re doing it in the right way.

 

Tips for Healthy Snacking
Preventing cavities is the ultimate goal. Here are some tips to protect your teeth from snack foods:

Try swapping out candy, soda, and chips with healthier options like apples, yogurt and soda.

Brush and floss 30 minutes after eating snacks that are “sticky” or contain high sugar or carbohydrates.

If you can’t brush immediately after, be sure to rinse with water and brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss before bed.

If you happen to eat an unhealthy, limit the time that you’re exposing your teeth to these foods. Instead of drinking a soda or eating chips over a long period of time, or all day, try to drink or eat in a shorter period.

 

 

Foods to Avoid

Sodas

Coffee

Citrus fruits

Breads

Processed meats

Sugars

Artificial sugar substitutes

Pasta

Alcohol

Prevent Cavities
Choose a toothpaste with fluoride and be sure to floss so you can clean the surfaces your toothbrush can’t reach. Lastly, be sure to visit Johns Family Dentistry twice annually for a professional exam or cleaning.

Overall, snacking can be fine for you if you take steps to protect your oral health. Keep in mind which snacks can help promote better oral health and which snacks can impact your oral health negatively. Everything is okay in moderation; limiting sugary or salty snacks and keeping up with a dental care routine will help prevent oral health problems.