You may have heard that snacking can be bad for your health and teeth. But can snacking ever be good for your teeth? Here are 5 new favorite snacks to take your snacking game to the next level while supporting your dental health.
When you think of popcorn, you may think of the popular movie theater treat that soaks the bottom of the bag with butter. But popcorn can also be a healthy snack.
Low in calories and high in fiber, made-at-home popcorn is actually a healthy snack. There are also nearly endless toppings options to experiment with, from simple sea salt to dark chocolate drizzles to pumpkin spice sprinkled on top.
Dairy is another great option if you’re looking for new favorite snacks that are healthy for your teeth and your whole body. Dairy contains lots of nutrients like calcium and vitamin D to support the health of your teeth and jaw bone. Low-fat yogurt, tasty string cheese, or creamy cottage cheese are all great, protein-packed midday snacks.
3. Crunchy Fruit and Veggies
Did you know that apples have been nicknamed “nature’s toothbrush”? That’s because biting into a fresh apple can help to scrub your teeth clean and massage your gums as you chew. Other crunchy fruit and veggies like pears, carrots, and celery are also great for helping to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Of course, eating crunchy veggies are no substitute for thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth well with a fluoride-containing toothpaste after each meal.
4. Foods with Fluoride
Fluoride is a popular additive to many dental care products because of its tooth-strengthening properties, but it’s also a naturally occuring mineral in many foods like seafood, black tea, potatoes, grapes, and wine.
5. Healthy Smoothies
If you have kids or family members who are not a fan of fruits, veggies, or other healthy foods, healthy smoothies can be a great go-to, ultra-delicious snack option to help you sneak in some nutrient-rich foods that support everyone’s dental health.
If you’re looking for more new favorite snacks, chat with your dentist about ideas! Your dentist will be happy to help you find more options so that you can keep your teeth healthy, strong, and happy!
Call our 5th Street, Riverside, Galleria, Heights, Oak Forest, Rice Village, Richmond, Spring or Hulen dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.