Amid your busy schedules and rush to and from work, it’s easy to grab a snack that may not be the best thing for your teeth. Here are a few quick tips on how to keep your pearly whites in good shape. Hold the sugar. Some of our favorite snacks unfortunately end up hurting our teeth. Foods high in sugar content, including cookies and carbonated drinks, end up increasing the amount of energy that acid-producing bacteria in your mouth consume. Instead of making a grab for hard candies and cake, pick up some fresh fruit, such as apples or pears, which have high water content; these healthy alternatives will offset your sugar intake and keep you hydrated.
But what about potato chips and pasta? Although they aren't sweet, these foods can easily get stuck between the teeth and small crevices. Bacteria and also the pre-digestive process can easily convert starches to sugar in no time.
Watch what you’re chewing Sometimes you can be sitting in class or in your cubicle, gnawing away at your pencil without realizing it. Or maybe you can’t seem to find a pair of scissors and decide to use your teeth to remove clothing tags. Kick that habit! It has been shown that chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, pens, and even bobby pins can wear down your tooth and enamel surfaces. Hard foods including some nuts and fruits should be cut into smaller pieces before eating. Chewing on hard substances can lead to cracks in your tooth. Try to choose softer foods that don’t make you use excessive force.
Even though we want to keep our teeth healthy at all times, there are those instances when we want to treat ourselves to a delicious slice of pie or dig into a plate of French fries. Make sure to brush! Brushing is recommended after every meal; however if you don’t have time, rinse with plain water to clear your mouth. Good dental hygiene makes for a healthier smile and a healthier you.
From our guest blogger, Jacquelyn Chou from Wellesley College.