At Complete Coastal Dentistry in Leland, we believe that preventive dentistry is essential to our patients’ optimal oral health. And, while cleaning your teeth after eating is important, good dietary habits can also have a huge impact on your overall dental health. So what exactly can you do to ensure you are eating healthy lunches your teeth will like?
Eating while on-the-go can be a complicated process. Of course, it is easier to swing through a drive-through; however, your teeth won’t be thanking you. Wanting to make sure you are packing healthy lunches for optimal oral health? Here are some things to keep in mind:
Although most people think of dried fruits such as raisins to be a healthy snack, they can actually contribute to tooth decay due to their stickiness. Instead of packing sticky snacks, opt for fresh fruits or even a bit of chocolate. Starchy foods can also stick to teeth and turn into sugars; opt for healthier options such as nuts and seeds.
When it comes to selecting a beverage there can be lots of options, from sodas and sports drinks to coffee and juices. So which options are best? Milk or water! Most bottled or canned beverages are loaded with sugar and are often extremely acidic; this can deteriorate enamel and increase your risk of dental decay. So next time you grab a drink, opt for something a bit healthier such as water or milk.
Can’t kick the soda habit? Try to at least drink the soda quickly (sipping increases the length of time the acidity affects your teeth) and always wash it down with a glass of water.
We can’t just always brush our teeth after every single meal, but did you know there are foods that can naturally scrub your teeth for you? Certain fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, cucumbers and even pears can help scrub your teeth, removing built-up plaque and debris. Dairy products such as yogurt and cheese can also be great for reducing acidity in the mouth.