Posted on September 30, 2022 | Hot Topics
It is common knowledge that brushing and flossing are very important for good dental health. Consuming a balanced diet that is rich in nutritious, low-sugar foods is also important. At Blossom, we know how busy life can get and families will likely need to snack while away from home. We want to help you understand what snacks are good for your body as well as your teeth!
Dental plaque forms on teeth throughout the day, and is made up of food and bacteria. The bacteria in plaque consumes sugar that comes from what people eat and drink, and produces acid, which causes cavities. Bacteria love sugary and starchy foods, and produce a lot of cavity-causing acid as a result.
A good balance and variety of healthy foods, and a little prep time, can create healthy eating habits that in turn make for a healthy mouth. Below is a list of some of our favorite tooth-friendly, healthy, on the go snacks:
Nuts are a great healthy alternative to potato chips or other processed salty snacks. They are rich in vitamins and minerals that help build up stronger teeth. Chewing nuts also promotes saliva production that naturally protects and cleans your teeth by clearing the mouth of food particle buildup that can lead to cavities.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that are important for your child’s overall health. The act of chewing crisp fruits and vegetables helps scrub away food particles and plaque and also aids in saliva production, which helps prevent cavities. Fruits and vegetables are a great alternative to a pre-packaged cookie or cracker that are high in sugar and have very little nutritional value.
Cheese and dairy products such as milk and yogurts, are low in sugar and high in calcium and protein. These are the minerals that build stronger teeth and bones. For a quick on the go snack, string cheese or other handheld cheeses are much better for your teeth and bones than starchy snacks such as chips.
Lean proteins such as chicken, eggs, and fish, have high amounts of phosphorus. This mineral is important in protecting tooth enamel. Snacks like chicken salad with nuts and celery or a tuna sandwich with whole wheat bread are great options that will give your child a healthy boost of energy.
Instead of reaching for a sports drink, juice box, or soda, choose water. Encouraging your children to swish water around in their mouth after a snack can help remove any debris that is caught in their teeth that could lead to enamel loss.
In addition to choosing healthy snacks, it’s important to brush and floss daily, and maintain regular checkups with Dr. Barber and Dr. Justema. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!
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