Eat This, Not That, for Great Oral Health

Eat This, Not That, for Great Oral HealthHave you ever considered the role your diet plays in your dental health? While dental hygiene is important, and routine cleanings are also essential to general dental health, a healthy diet can also help to protect your teeth and gums from common problems, such as cavities and even gum disease. That said, not all seemingly healthy foods are good for your smile. So before you head to the grocery store, or grab that sports drink at the gym, take a minute to learn about what foods and drinks are actually best for your smile, and which are the most dangerous, from a dental health standpoint.

Instead of Chewy or Crunchy Granola Bars…

While granola bars are often high in protein, and therefore marketed as a healthy snack, most are high in sugar, which can be problematic for smiles. That’s because the bacteria in your mouth feed upon sugars. Plus, chewy granola bars can stick to the surface of the teeth, creating acidity. Crunchy bars can be dangerous, as well, since some are hard enough to actually chip or crack the teeth while chewing.

Fortunately, there are healthy alternatives. A snack-sized portion of nuts, for instance, can give your body the protein it needs, without the sugar it doesn’t. If you’re looking for a simple breakfast on the go, consider a bowl of oatmeal flavored with peanut butter and fresh fruit. You can create similar flavors, but with far less sugar, and without the chew or crunch that could damage your teeth.

Skip the Chips and Crackers In Lieu of…

Even if your favorite chips or crackers are low in added sugar, it doesn’t mean they are smile healthy. Simple starches break down into sugar, quickly, which means they can still contribute to acid erosion of the teeth’s enamel. This can lead to cavities that require restorative dentistry.

If you want something crunchy, that’s actually good for your smile, reach for fresh vegetables, like carrot or celery sticks, or sliced bell peppers. Paired with a protein-rich dip, like hummus or a yogurt-based ranch dressing, these can satisfy your snack cravings. Yet because vegetables tend to be high in water and nutrients, they are actually beneficial for your overall and oral health!

Can You Protect Your Smile?

Want to protect your smile from cavities and other dental problems. Checkups and cleanings are key; you can schedule one with Flynn Dentistry, by calling Michael E. Flynn, DDS, in West Allis, WI today at 414-541-8250.