Desserts, Snacks, And Your Smile’s Health

| November 7, 2013

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YES, SNACKS AND DESSERTS ARE BOTH TEMPTING AND DELICIOUS! But they can cause harm to your teeth. For your smile’s health, when it comes to sweets, consider what and when you eat.

 

One Option… Don’t Save Dessert For Last!

 

When you finish off a meal with something sweet, the starch and sugar may end up staying on your teeth longer while your saliva works to wash it away. Eating other kinds of foods last—such as fruits, vegetables, cheese—speeds up the cleansing process and reduces the amount of time your smile is exposed to potentially harmful substances.

 

Start Making The Shift To More Smile-Friendly Desserts And Snacks

 

We understand… Eliminating all sweets isn’t easy! The great news is that it probably isn’t necessary either. However, you can better avoid their negative effects by eating less of them. Try eating snacks that both you AND your smile will like, including:

    • dairy products like cheese and yogurt
    • hard-boiled eggs, raw peanuts, almonds
    • fresh fruits and vegetables
    • pumpkin and sunflower seeds
    • sugar-free gum

 

Whether they’re increasing saliva flow, providing smile-friendly vitamins and minerals, or neutralizing acid produced by plaque, the foods above can help prevent tooth decay. And they’re delicious too!

 

 

Easy Action Items:

 

Mom was right…

    1. Limit the amount of sweets you eat.
    2. When you DO eat something sugary, eat it before or with something else.
    3. Clean your teeth after snacks and meals.
    4. Keep up routine checkups.

 

Again, thank you for the continued trust you place in our practice. We appreciate you!

 

Founded in 1978, Grandview Dental Care is a leading Columbus Ohio dentist offering a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services in the Columbus area including: Invisalign, dental implants, IV sedation dentistry, and veneers Grandview Dental Care is conveniently located at 1220 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43212 in Grandview Heights, near Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington, The Ohio State University campus, and downtown Columbus.  You can give us a call at 614-486-7378.

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