Are you aware how snacking affects your dental health? Whenever you eat foods that are carbohydrate-rich or sugary, they then are broken down by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria produce acid, which weakens and gradually erodes your tooth enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay. It takes approximately half an hour for acidity levels in the mouth to normalise and when you frequently snack then the damage to your teeth is increased.
Selecting the Right Kind of Snacks for Better Dental Health
Everybody knows sugary foods are bad for teeth, but did you know the risk is nearly as high for savoury snacks, dried fruits, smoothies and juice? Many popular snack foods contain huge amounts of hidden sugars. Better choices include oatcakes with sugar-free peanut butter or hummus. Cheese, sugar-free yoghurt and plain nuts are great because they are rich in phosphorus and calcium, which helps to repair tooth enamel. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are excellent for dental health because the high fibre content has a slight scrubbing action on teeth.
We are celebrating National Dental Health week 6-12 August, in Australia, and it’s a time when we become even more passionate about good oral health and education. If you’d like more advice on choosing tooth-friendly foods, then please ask!