8 Snacks That Are Good for Your Teeth

 

With summer coming to an end and school about to start (or back in session for some), you may be trying to plan meals and snacks for everyone in your home. Of course, you know that healthy foods make for a healthy body, but do you think about what foods do for your oral health?

There are foods that can actually be beneficial for your teeth and gums. The next time you’re heading to the grocery store and looking for snacks that can benefit your oral health, pick up some of these:

Fresh Fruit

Your favorite fresh fruit is a fantastic snack. Crunchy, high-fiber fruits can help scrub plaque away from your teeth. Look for things like apples, pears, and tangerines.

Fresh Vegetables

Just like fresh fruit, fresh vegetables make for excellent snacking when it comes to helping your oral health. They are crunchy and full of fiber – helping to keep plaque at bay. They’re also a great source of vitamins and minerals. And even if served with your favorite dip – you can still fill good about this choice.

Plain Yogurt

When you head to the yogurt aisle in your local grocery store, you may be overwhelmed by all of the choices. But if you’re looking to help your teeth and gums, look for a plain yogurt that does not contain added sugar. You can always add your favorite fruits to add some flavor and texture, and you probably won’t even miss the added sugar you find in some many of the other brands.

Cheese

Cheese lovers can rejoice in knowing that this is a great snack for keeping your teeth happy and healthy. Full of calcium and containing properties that help neutralize the acids in your mouth, cheese is an excellent choice. Look for firmer cheeses like parmesan, asiago, and cheddar.

Nuts

This portable snack is also great for your dental health. They are high in fiber, increase your saliva production, and contain lots of vitamins and minerals.

Seeds

You may be surprised to see seeds on this list, but when seeds are removed from their shells, they are a nutritious snack. Look for shelled sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds and enjoy!

Hard-boiled Eggs

For a while, eggs were getting a bad rap because of their perceived risk of raising your cholesterol levels. But researchers found that eating a couple of eggs did not bring about a significant increase in most people. Hard-boiled eggs are high in protein, increase your saliva production, and contain vitamin D. They’re also very portable and easily packed into your lunch or backpack.

Sugarless Gum

Today you can find many sugarless gums on the market that are sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that has been proven to be beneficial to your teeth. It helps to decrease the bacteria in your mouth, and you may find that your dentist actually recommends chewing sugarless gum after a meal or snack.

Don’t get in a snack rut when it comes to finding healthy and nutritious things for when you’re feeling a bit hungry. Try some of these!