It’s not rocket science; cookies can cause tooth decay. Some sugary foods have a lot of fat in them too. So, during National Cookie Month, don’t overindulge and teach your kids the importance of dental care. Better late than never!
How Sugars Attack Your Teeth
Bacteria lives in your mouth. Some of the bacteria form a sticky material called plaque on the surface of the teeth. When eating a cookie, the bacteria turns into acids. These acids are powerful enough to dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth. Ever wonder how cavities form? That’s it.
Before you take that first bite, ask yourself what’s in the food. Is it full of sugar? Gooey or chewy sweets spend more time sticking to the surface of your teeth. Because sticky snacks stay in your mouth longer than foods that you quickly chew and swallow, they attack your teeth more.
Did you know that damaging acids form in your mouth every time you eat a sugary snack? The acids affect your teeth for at least 20 minutes before they are neutralized and can’t do anything else. Unfortunately, the more you eat cookies during the day at work, the more you feed the bacteria in your mouth.
Snack Smart During National Cookie Month
Have a cookie in moderation. Instead, look for foods that are low in calories, high in water and fiber or full of protein. Here is a list of snacks that won’t damage your teeth and will contribute to your overall health:
Fresh, raw vegetables: add carrots, celery and cucumbers to your diet. They are high in fiber and water!
Crispy fruits: Apples and pears are a perfect snack! They are low in sugar and high in fiber.
Cheese, yogurt: Dairy products are good for your teeth because they contain Calcium which helps keep teeth strong and prevent tooth decay.
Almonds, Nuts: Almonds are a great source of calcium and protein, and are low in sugar. You can enjoy them alone or add them to your salads or other dishes.
Get Regular Dental Cleanings
In addition to brushing and flossing, it’s important to bring your kids in for regular dental cleanings. Schedule one today with Dr. Nick at 813.445.7162.