Snacking is on the rise! A recent report showed that Americans are snacking more than ever. If you have upped your munching habits, it’s important you make choices that are good for your teeth. Before we make recommendations, here is a bit more insight into this recent change in eating habits:
Healthy Snacks for Your Teeth
It’s essential to remember that there are good and bad snacks. Sugary treats, like chocolates, hard candies, or cookies, blend in with the bacteria in your mouth, increasing your risk for cavities. Starchy snacks like chips or crackers can linger on your teeth during the day. Both options aren’t great for your oral health.
All day long snacks can be bad for your teeth too. You don’t give your teeth a break, and food particles can linger, leading to cavities.
However, if you do snack often, consider adding these to your diet:
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots
- Cheese or yogurt
- Nuts and seeds, like almonds or sunflower seeds
- Lean proteins, such as sliced chicken or turkey
All of these options are healthy snacks to add to your diet!