Sweets and Tooth Decay – Tooth Healthy Snacks

Unhealthy Sweets Promote Tooth Decay

What Is The Best Way To Increase Your Tooth Health?

Eat Tooth Healthy Snacks

I cannot honestly think of a single person who does not like a good piece of candy once in awhile. Can you?

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When it comes to eating healthy there are a huge amount of choices out there, but your teeth deserve to be treated well too. The best prevention in tooth decay is regular flossing and brushing.

The next best preventative measure is eating tooth-healthy foods. That doesn’t mean you have to give up a good piece of candy once in awhile, but if your daily eating habits include eating candy and sugary snacks, you may want to consider cutting back or replacing some of those treats with a few pieces of celery, carrot sticks or nuts and some plain popcorn or fresh fruit instead.

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According to the Washington University School of Dentistry, Healthy snacks include:

  • Water
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Nuts
  • String Cheese
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Regular Milk
  • Plain Popcorn
  • Cold Cut Meats
  • Cottage Cheese

 

Snacks That Cause Cavities include:

  • Juice
  • Soda
  • Candies
  • Cookies
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Gatorade
  • Crackers
  • Dried Fruit Snacks

 

Poor dental hygiene (Source: British Dental Health Foundation) has been linked to these nasty conditions:

  • Heart Disease
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Loss
  • Dental Decay
  • Lung Conditions
  • Strokes
  • Bad Breath (Often a warning signal to something more serious)

 

  • Start Reading Food Ingredient Labels. The best indication of an unhealthy tooth snack is to read the ingredients label. I was surprised how much sugar was included in nearly EVERYTHING when I read the labels on some of the products I used to buy off the grocery shelf.

 

  • Buy organic if and when you can.

 

  • Make regular visits to your dentist a priority

 

  • Sugarless gum is better than regular gum, but gum without the ingredient of Aspartame (an artificial sweetener also known as NutraSweet) is best of all. The easiest way to know if a product contains Aspartame is to read the labels on products.

According to the American Medical Association: . . . “If aspartame is in the product it will be listed in the ingredients. The product label will also contain the warning “Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine.” . . .

Depending on the age, a healthy snack will have 100-200 calories. Healthy snacks provide many nutrients that include protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.

Give your teeth and gums a healthy chance, by giving yourself a healthy choice. Do it because it’s the right thing to do, because you will feel better, and because you owe it to yourself to wake up when you are well past your old-age years with a full set of your natural teeth still in your mouth.

I once asked a ‘young’ man past 79 years old what timeless advice he would give about life to anyone younger than himself. He stopped and looked at me for a moment and then said in a solemn tone,

“Floss your teeth. Always floss your teeth.”

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