How to Snack Right

Lexington Dentist Provides Foods to Protect from Dental Damage

Throughout the entire day, your teeth are under attack from all of the foods and drinks that you consume. While it sounds scary put into that context, it doesn’t have to be. Taking care of your teeth is simple when you’re brushing and flossing twice a day while also taking into consideration what kind of foods and drinks that you’re eating. With these suggested snacks from your Lexington dentist, you’ll be able to efficiently protect your teeth from extreme dental damage while also eating delicious foods.

It’s important to remind patients that snacking is one of the worst dental habits you can do. Since the idea of snacking is mainly revolved around eating something small, fast, and simple, there are a certain amount of foods that fall into this category. It’s easy to snack on something that’s harmful to your teeth because they’re the ones that are the most convenient. Foods like potato chips, pretzels, candies, and chocolates are the major snacks that people indulge in, although they should avoid it much more often.

If you’re set on snacking, try substituting the harmful foods for the helpful foods instead! Below is a list of healthy snacks that you can eat that will avoid harming your teeth while simultaneously helping them, as well!

· Raw Vegetables: Adding veggies like celery, carrots, broccoli, and other crunchy fruits actually work with your teeth and not against them! These particular vegetables have a bite to them, letting you hear that crunch and working your jaw and teeth. They also work to clean your teeth because they naturally hold water inside of them! Dipping them in a low-fat dressing to add some extra flavor if you’re not the plain snacking type.

· Fresh Fruits: Strawberries, oranges, pears, apples and more are all just as helpful as the vegetables are. Naturally holding water, they act as a cleaning agent for your mouth. Apples and pears have that crunch you may be looking for, but they’re also sweet enough to enjoy on your own!

· Cheese: Working with your teeth, cheese protects your teeth from acid erosion, which is a major reason why it’s paired with wine so often, since wine is highly acidic. When you drink or eat certain foods that damage your enamel, combining it with fresh cheese levels out the acidity and helps to getting rid of it so your teeth aren’t taking such a harsh hit.

There are other snacks that you should consider to help protect your smile. Contact your Lexington dentist by calling our office at (859) 266-2570 or clicking here to request an appointment today.

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