We see and treat tons of patients who all ask the same question: what kind of snacks are good for my teeth? Everyone assumes they’ll get a cavity no matter what, so they do their best to find healthy snacks and steer away from sugar. Our team of dentists and dental assistants put together a list of 4 snacks that build stronger teeth. That way, you can enjoy your snacks and rest assured that you’re eating healthy!
Fruits and Vegetables
We know you’re tired of hearing this, but fruits and vegetables are the best choice you can make all-around. Offering fruits and veggies in place of carbohydrates not only replaces foods that tend to build up on your teeth and cause bacteria, they also contain vitamins that help build stronger teeth. We recommend veggies that contain lots of water – think pears, melons, celery, and cucumbers. They’ll not only be refreshing but rebuilding as you chew. They also prevent cavities, so chow down!
Cheese is delicious, there’s no denying that. Now you can chomp away on some cheddar without any guilt! Cheeses, specifically cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Swiss or any other aged cheese will help trigger the flow of saliva, washing away bacteria and particles that build up on the teeth.
Calcium is not only great for making bones stronger, it’s good for strengthening those pearly whites. According to the American Dental Association, calcium-rich foods, like almonds or milk, can help redeposit minerals back into the lesions commonly caused by acidic foods or beverages.
Not all sticky foods are bad! Cranberries contain polyphenols, which slow the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. This may keep plaque from sticking to teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities. Just be sure to brush those pearly whites after so the cranberries don’t stick around too long and cause bacteria, too.
– Smile Workshop