What you eat can have a big impact on your teeth, especially when it comes to snacks. The great thing is that tooth friendly snacks aren’t expensive or difficult to prepare. Making tooth friendly choices is best for you oral health, so we have put together some information and simple solutions for you to help you choose the best snacks.
Why snacks matter
Snacking effects your teeth. Every time you eat food makes contact with the surface of your teeth, and depending on the composition of the food this can either help protect them or do them damage.
The two major enemies to your teeth when it comes to food are SUGARS and ACIDS. These are the guys that will break down enamel and cause you problems. Not all sugars and acids are made equal though so you need to know which ones to avoid more often.
There are good guys in food too – in the forms of calcium, phosphorus, and natural anti-bacterials found in some foods. These can help give your teeth a boost when they need it.
easy tooth friendly snacks
It might not surprise you but the following list is pretty much totally made up of natural or handmade foods. We have put together some combinations of snacks that work really well together and can help you deal with snack cravings whilst also protecting your pearly whites. Not only that, all of these ideas are really quick and easy snack ideas.
Snacks to avoid
At the top of the list… GUMMY LOLLIES. What makes these particularly nasty for teeth is not only the sugars they’re made of but also the fact that they get stuck to your teeth for prolonged periods. In addition to gummy lollies we have other types of lollies – lollipops and boiled sweets.
Another food to be wary of sugar coated cereals. These can also get stuck in the grooves of your teeth and break away enamel if left there for long periods.
You should also limit the number of sugary biscuits you snack on. Try one of the alternatives above to make sure you keep your teeth as healthy as you can.
Soft drinks are bad for your teeth for a couple of reasons. Obviously sugar is an issue, but drinking sugar free soft drink is not any better on your teeth. Sugar free soft drinks are also acidic, which is just as harmful to teeth as sugar.
reduce the impact of harmful snacks
From time to time you will consume snacks that aren’t great for your teeth. So here are some things you can do to lessen their impact on your teeth.
- Have a glass of milk or piece of cheese after eating something high in sugar. These help to reduce the pH level in your mouth.
- Rinse your mouth with a glass of water. Particularly if you’ve been eating lollies, this can help rinse some of the sugar stuck to your teeth.
- Brush your teeth. If you know your teeth are not feeling the way they should and you have some stubborn debris stuck on or between your teeth, give them a brush with fluoride toothpaste.