No matter if you are packing snacks for work, or snacks for your child’s school day, packing nourishing, energy giving healthy snacks will play an important part in your/their successful day and healthy teeth.

Not only are sugar-riddled snacks bad for your body and actually deliver a “crash” after the initial energy buzz subsides, sugar-laden snacks can lead to tooth decay.

How Does Sugar Cause Tooth Decay?

Bacteria are the culprits behind tooth decay, and it actually lives in your mouth all the time. It can form a sticky substance known as plaque on the surface of ones teeth, and when sugar is added to this mix – it sticks too, turning into acid, and this acid is powerful enough to begin eroding your enamel.

Lessen the Sugars, Lessen the Decay Risk

By limiting or eliminating sugary snacks, you can lessen your risk of decay. In addition, by eating healthy crunchy food groups such as fruit and veggies, you can actually “scrub” the plaque from your teeth during the day, and further assist the process in keeping your teeth clean and decay-resistant.

How Often You Snack Matters Too

You should know, that frequent sugar-laced snacking also increases the acid production in your mouth, which means – the more often you feed this bacteria, the more likely tooth decay can occur.

Healthy Snack Suggestions

  • Raw Fruits and Veggies of any variety
  • Whole Grains Including: cereal, popcorn, baked tortilla chips
  • Dairy Products Including: cheese sticks, yogurt, cottage cheese
  • Meat, Nuts & Seeds of any variety

At DentistsRUs, we know that taking care of your teeth means more than just brushing and flossing. For complete care, it is important to eat healthy also, and we hope these suggestions will provide you with healthy alternatives for optimal care!

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