Since you’re staying inside, boredom could potentially lead to more snacking. For many of us, snacks are rarely healthy and people often turn to comfort foods in stressful times, like candies or chips. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist looks at healthy food choices that are delicious, and provide essential vitamins and nutrients for your teeth!
Better Food and Snack Choices
When we consume foods high in sugar, like candies and sweets, or high in starch, like chips, this leaves behind particles trapped on or between the teeth. Bacteria will soon begin breaking down these particles, a process that elevates the levels of oral acidity in the mouth, and begins coating the teeth in plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct that weakens and erodes tooth enamel. Soon, the chances of a cavity forming increases, as does dental infection and even gum disease!
Instead, cut back on chips. Pretzels often make a healthier alternative. Instead of candies, try sugar-free gum, nuts, cheeses, or low-fat yogurts. Fresh fruit and veggies, like apples or carrots, also make healthier choices that help scrub away plaque as you consume them. Remember that dried fruits, while delicious, cling to the teeth and have been deprived of the water content that usually helps rinse away the sugars in fruit.
What to Drink?
We suggest water! Not only does water hydrate, it also contains no sugars or acids, which lowers the risks of tooth decay. Sodas are obviously a poor choice for your smile, but did you know that fruit juices, sports drinks, and energy drinks also contain harmful sugars and acids that could compromise your outer enamel? If you do crave something sweet to drink, consider sparkling water or simply following your can of soda with a glass of water to help rinse away sugar particles.
Proper Brushing and Flossing
Combined with a good diet, proper brushing and flossing helps reduce the risk of poor oral health and issues like cavities or gum disease. We suggest brushing your teeth when you wake up and before bed for about two minutes. You also need to floss thoroughly before bed as well! Be sure you use a toothpaste with fluoride. If you have any questions about proper diets or better homecare habits, then contact our team today. Remember, that we still offer treatment for dental emergencies, such as chipped teeth or toothaches!
Do You Have Questions About Oral Hygiene?
We would like to make sure you and your family practice good oral hygiene from home. For more information on avoiding cavities and other issues from home, please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.