‘An apple a day is equal to brushing your teeth’ – Choose your snack carefully and your oral health will speak about it.
Often we read and hear that binge eating or snacking is the root cause of several health-related problems. To some extent, the statement is right, however, when the selection is made carefully, this feasting can actually clean your mouth, strengthen your teeth and beautify your smile.
The kind of meals we eat can have an impact on our body, and the snacks we eat in between those meals have a greater impact on your oral health too. Snacks loaded with sugar and starch or those with acidic ingredients certainly do damage our teeth by destroying your enamel. However, smart snacking – such as munching on raw fruits and vegetables – can keep you from visiting a dentist for several minor oral problems.
When I say smart snacking, I am not asking you to cut on those yummy and irresistible snacks. In fact, I am suggesting you to keep an eye on what you eat. Follow these tips to ensure you yield maximum nutrition out of snacking.
- Be aware of the type and the kind of snack you are having.
- Eliminate unhealthy snacks from your list. It might be difficult in the beginning but soon you will be used to its taste. Keep these snacks at hand instead.
- Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables such as apples, also called mini toothbrush – which act as a scrubber for teeth and also increase the flow of saliva. This is the reason why eating an apple is considered brushing your teeth. Although this can be considered brushing your teeth, I advise that you only use this method as a supplement to your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.
- Foods loaded with phosphorous, minerals and proteins such as meats, eggs and beans.
- Dairy products such as cheese, which are packed with calcium, are good for teeth.
How To Satiate The Desire Of Having Scrumptious Sugary Or Starchy Food Without Letting Your Teeth Suffer?
Foodies do know how depressing the feeling of banning delicious food from their diet is. Don’t worry as we have found the antidote of satisfying this desire as well. Good news is that it does not damage your teeth.
- Always have hard-to-resist fattening foods with meals. It dilutes their acidic effects and the increased flow of saliva during eating helps them clean away faster.
- Don’t forget to brush your teeth afterwards. In case, you don’t feel like brushing, don’t compromise on rinsing your mouth.
- Chewing a sugar-free gum is also advisable.
If you are skeptical about any of the details discussed in this article, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist for further details. Remember, our mouth is the only gateway we can feed ourselves food from. Any tragedy with it could have disastrous effects on your body and health.
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