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Snack Smart to Prevent Tooth Decay

We all tend to munch on foods that contain too much sugar. Look for foods that are low in calories, high in water and fiber or full of protein to avoid tooth decay.

Here is a list of snacks that won’t damage your teeth and will contribute to your overall health:

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens should always be on your healthy foods list. Not only are they full of vitamins and minerals. but low in calories too.

So what leafy greens do we mean? Kale and spinach promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel. They also contain a type of B vitamin that “helps treat gum disease in pregnant women,” according to MedlinePlus. Add baby spinach to your next lunch salad or add kale on your pizza.

Carrots

Did you know that carrots are full of fiber? Take raw carrots as a work snack because it increases saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. Top your salad with a few slices of raw carrots.

Celery

Sure, celery is boring. However, it helps scrape food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, which helps your gums. Make celery tasty but topping it with some low-fat cream cheese – YUM!

Why Cheese Is Good

Cheese is a great source of calcium. It’s also a good source of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, Vitamin B12, zinc, and phosphorous. Unfortunately, cheese gets a bad rep. People tend to think cheese is loaded with fat and makes people gain weight.

According to Healthline, the healthiest cheese are mozzarella, blue cheese, feta, cottage cheese, ricotta, Parmesan, Swiss, cheddar, and goat. You can read all about the nutritional facts through their article!

Tips to Avoid Tooth Decay

It’s important to practice good oral hygiene no matter at what age. These tips can help your toddler when they have the occasional fruit juice or soda:

  • Have them drink in moderation. Don’t let them have as many drinks as they want. One a day keeps tooth decay away!
  • Dilute their juice drinks as much as you can.
  • Have them drink with a straw to keep acids and sugars away from their teeth.
  • Don’t give them soft drinks before bedtime.
  • Make sure your toddler is having their regular dental checkups.

If you need additional tips on how to keep your toddler’s oral health perfect, talk to your local dentist! They’ll be happy to help!

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