24 Apr TIPS FOR TOOTH-FRIENDLY SNACKING – ELITE DENTAL CARE TRACY
In today’s world, binge-watching and binge-snacking have become two common human traits. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, working norms have changed, and work from home has become a new normal. While working from home, people developed the habit of binge-snacking. Coffee and snacks kept people active while working, but this habit of frequent snacking can result in poor dental health. However, if you snack on healthy foods you can prevent dental decays and improve your overall health. Here’s a list of healthy snack options that you can consume.
HOW CAN FREQUENT SNACKING AFFECT YOUR DENTAL HEALTH?
When you consume food frequently, the harmful bacteria in the mouth also keep feeding. When you snack on sticky snacks, residues stick in between the teeth and cause plaque. Also, the sugary components of food and drinks are fed on by the bad bacteria in the mouth that convert the sugar into acids. Acids react on the enamel and cause enamel erosion. Enamel erosion cause cavities that expose inner soft tissues of the teeth, namely dentin and tooth roots. When the cavities extend to the roots of the teeth, sensitivity and tooth decay occur. Frequent eating provides frequent food to the bad bacteria in the mouth and continuous decay of teeth. Hence say no to sugary candies, fried chips and carbonated drinks.
On the contrary, if you consume healthy foods, your dental health will be enhanced. So, here are a few healthy snacks options that do not only satisfy your urge for binge-snacking but also keep you protected from dental diseases.
1. Dairy Products
Dairy products are rich in calcium, phosphorus and proteins. The calcium and phosphorous combine with the protein called casein that forms a protective layer on the enamel. Casein leads to the prevention of demineralization of teeth and also inhibits bacterial formation. The protective layer formed on the enamel combats the decay caused by the bacteria and also repairs the tooth enamel affected by bad acids in the mouth.
Milk is undoubtedly one of the best drinks for the teeth. It strengthens enamel, teeth bones are also causes whitening of teeth. Drink milk after the consumption of sugary foods to lower the acidic levels in the mouth and protect the teeth.
Consumption of cheese increases the production of saliva that acts as a defence to combat plaque in the mouth. Saliva produced washes away the residue food particles and debris in the mouth. Thus cheese reduces the risk of enamel erosion and cavities while strengthening the teeth enamel.
Yogurt contains more calcium than an equal quantity of milk. Consumption of yogurt reduces the number of salivary mutans streptococci that are a source of dental plaque. Probiotics found in yogurt strengthen the gums and removes the cavity-forming bacteria. But it is equally essential to consume low sugar and low-fat yogurt for better results.
2. Fresh fruits – Strawberries, Apples
Strawberries are the natural agents of teeth whitening as they contain the enzyme of malic acid. An apple a day can also keep the dentist away. Apples are rich in fiber and consuming such foods massage your gums. Also, the water content is good in fruits but consume these fruits in their most natural form without adding any sugar or artificial essence.
Carrots are rich in fiber and the crunchiness of carrots provide an extra brushing to your teeth. Carrots are naturally sweet and hence your children would love them even in the natural form.
Almonds are said to be good for the brain, but they are also good for your teeth. Almonds are a rich source of calcium and protein and strengthen the teeth. Instead of snacking on acidic chips and sugary biscuits, consume 5 to 6 almonds a day.
These are a few healthy options to snack on. If you still cannot give up on your old snacking habits, take necessary precautions. Follow good dental hygiene and brush and floss your teeth regularly. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water to remove the food residues stuck in the mouth. To find more tips on dental hygiene, continue reading our blogs on https://www.theelitedental.com