Teeth-Friendly Summer SnacksPublished July 18, 2022 9:22 pm
Looking for tasty, tooth-friendly snacks to munch on this summer? The Altitude Family Dental team has you covered! We’ve outlined a few ideas below that are both great for your oral health and overall health.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
Everyone knows that fruits and veggies are great for staying healthy and strong, but did you know that they can help your teeth as well? Snacks like apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, carrots, and celery are all tooth-friendly options that are also rich in vitamin C, which helps promote positive oral health. Fresh fruit is a better option over dried fruit, as it tends to be lower in sugar.
Unsalted or Lightly Salted Nuts
Nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, and walnuts help fight the harmful bacteria that leads to tooth decay. The texture of these nuts also helps to essentially scrub the teeth as the patient chews, which keeps the teeth cleaner (although it’s not a replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth!)
Cheese Sticks & Yogurt
In addition to being full of calcium, many dairy products also contain casein and phosphates, which help strengthen tooth enamel and reduce acidity in the mouth. Yogurt that contains probiotics can help promote good bacteria in the gut as well as the mouth, making it an excellent choice for patients who want to lower their risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and even bad breath.
If you’re looking for a drink that’s tastier than water but healthier than soda, coconut water is a great choice. Coconut water can help wash away the harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. It’s also full of electrolytes, which helps patients stay hydrated during the hot summer months.
Beware of All-Day Snacking
If you have a hankering for a yummy snack, it’s better to eat it all in one sitting instead of snacking throughout the day. This is because eating something over an extended period of time can provide a constant source of starches and sugar for bacteria to feed on, which can increase a patient’s chances of developing tooth decay.
Visit Altitude Family Dental This Summer!
We look forward to providing great oral health care to your family this summer and beyond. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!