A healthy smile is the ultimate goal of your oral health care practices, but taking care of your smile goes beyond brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist. In fact, you can promote a healthy smile every time you reach for a snack!
While some foods (jello, sugary sodas, sticky candies, and chewy caramels) are remarkably bad for your teeth, there are other snacks that will leave your mouth looking fresh and feeling healthy. Here are some options you should reach for when working toward your healthiest smile.
Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all excellent choices when it comes to tooth-friendly snacks. That’s because they are full of calcium and vitamin D, both of which are known for being good for your teeth. They also give you a healthy dose of casein, a protein that strengthens tooth enamel.
Bonus: Many yogurts also contain healthy bacteria, which can help fight the bacteria that leads to cavities.
Carrots and celery.
These crisp, crunchy veggies are both great options when trying to keep your mouth in top shape. Because they require a lot of chewing, your mouth produces extra saliva to help out, which naturally cleans teeth. Vegetables are also packed with important vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, which helps keep teeth strong.
Much like crisp vegetables, raw apples require a little extra chewing, upping saliva production and naturally cleaning the mouth. One note about this snack: make sure you leave the skin on! The fibrous skin helps clean the teeth and even stimulates the gums.
Pears have many of the same benefits as apples (again, leave the skin on!). But they also work to neutralize certain acids in your mouth, making them an extra healthy option.
Spinach, leafy lettuce, kale, and more are your teeth’s best friends. These foods are super nutrient-dense, giving your teeth and gums a heaping helping of vitamins and minerals. If you eat them raw, like in a salad, you also get the cleaning effect from the crunchiness.
Certain nuts, like almonds and cashews, are full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, making them an excellent healthy snack option. Some types of nuts (including peanuts) have a good amount of calcium and vitamin D as well.
Water is the ultimate “snack” for good oral health. Not only does it wash away excess food particles and bacteria, but it also can help freshen breath and eliminate dry mouth. Plus, if your water is fluoridated, you are literally fighting tooth decay with every sip!
The oral health care choices you make every day—including the snacks you choose—will add up to have a big impact. Make sure you are making smart, healthy choices for your teeth and gums, and you will increase your chances of having a healthier, happier smile!
Contact Smile Concepts in Scottsdale today to schedule a new patient exam. We have everything your smile needs is under our care and our goal is to be your #1 family dentist!