The key to keeping your natural teeth well into old age, is by protecting them from any damage. Tooth decay is the leading cause of tooth loss both in kids and adults. This is what happens when you consume starchy and sugary foods and then forget to brush your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth acts on these food remains and breaks them down to release acids that erode the enamel. In order to prevent this from happening you’ll want to practice good oral hygiene as well as chose your foods wisely.

Now this doesn’t mean you need to stop snacking, instead you need to look at what types of snacks you consume. According to dental experts, here are the qualities of the ideal snack:

  • Non-sugary
  • Non-sticky
  • Non-acidic
  • Do not last long in your mouth
  • Contains compounds like phosphorous and calcium that are good for the teeth
  • Stimulate secretion of saliva

Let’s take a look at some snacking options that are optimal for good dental health

Cheese

Medical professionals argue that cheese cubes are good for the teeth. One study found that cheese consumption contributed to high pH levels in the mouth, consequently lowering the risk of cavities. Research also indicates that chewing cheese increases saliva secretion in the mouth, which is a good thing considering the role that saliva plays in oral health.

Here are some of its roles:

  • Ensures your mouth is comfortable by keeping it moist
  • Helps in tasting, chewing, and swallowing
  • Fights harmful bacteria in the mouth, therefore, preventing bad breath
  • Contains minerals and proteins responsible for protecting the tooth enamel and preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

While purchasing cheese, ensure you always go for the non-processed ones.

Yogurt

Yogurt is any easy snack choice as it regulars little to no prep. All you need to do is pick it up off the shelves of a grocery store and stash it in your fridge.It should be cautioned that you should not to go for the sugar-filled types. Consider an organic yogurt and look at the ingredients and nutritional information.

Apples

You might be thinking aren’t apples a sweet fruit? Yes but they are also high in fiber and have a high water content. The crunchy feel of this fruit can help to dislodge any plaque buildup on the teeth. Also, eating apples stimulates and massages the gums. You should, however, remember that this doesn’t substitute your dental hygiene routine. You will still need to brush at least twice daily and floss once every day. So an apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away it can also keep the dentist away!

Carrots

These orange vegetables have a crunchy feel and with high fiber content. Make it fun for the kids by cutting the carrots into tiny bits and adding them to their foods. Alternatively, they could eat them raw. It is very easy to add carrots to your food, whether it is a smoothie or salad. Do not forget that carrots are among the main sources of vitamin A which can also help to improve your eyesight. Double Whammy!

Leafy Greens

You can never go wrong with leafy greens. These foods have high mineral and vitamin concentrations and are low-calorie percentages. Most of these greens are good for your teeth as they contain calcium that strengthens the tooth enamel. Spinach and kale have folic acid that brings with it several health benefits. Just like carrots you can easily add greens to your diet. For instance, they could go well with smoothies, omelets, and salads.

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