Let’s be honest, we all love to snack. Whether it’s potato chips or a veggie platter, everyone likes to get their snack on! It’s important to be mindful when snacking, since some foods cause more damage to your teeth and gums than others.
We’ve put together a list of some healthy snacks for your teeth that we’re sure you and the whole family will enjoy!
Foods like milk, cheese, and plain yogurt are rich with calcium, vitamin D, and phosphates that are important minerals to consume for healthy teeth. Eating and drinking dairy products rich with calcium also help to keep your jaw bone healthy as well as prevent periodontal diseases. If you’re a milk drinker, go for 1% or nonfat milk rather than the whole milk or 2%.
Fruits & Vegetables
Everyone knows that fruits and veggies are an essential part of an overall healthy diet, but not everyone knows that citrus fruits like oranges actually help to strengthen the connective tissue in your gums! Other fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples, and celery also help to stimulate saliva flow in your mouth which naturally helps to rinse your teeth and fight off bacteria.
Whoever thought your dentist would suggest chewing gum to help your teeth stay healthy? Well, turns out most dentists actually approve of gum chewing, as long as the gum is sugar free. Sugar free gum containing xylitol is even better as it has been shown to prevent decay that causes cavities. And, like fruits and vegetables, chewing gum helps create saliva in your mouth.
In the end, when it comes to snacking and keeping your health and gums in tip-top shape, go for some fruits, veggies, dairy products, or a stick of sugar-free chewing gum. With any other questions regarding healthy snacks for your teeth, contact us today!