EVERYONE KNOWS that snack time is one of the best times of the day! Getting a tasty treat in the middle of the workday or grabbing a snack after school can be just the pick-me-up you need to tackle the rest of your day with a smile.
But before you reach for the chips or chocolates, we have a few smile-friendly suggestions! Today we want to share our team’s favorite snacks that protect your teeth and benefit your smile.
Foster Dental Care’s Smile-Friendly Snack Picks
From Dr. Foster: “Nothing better than raw almonds with either cheese or fruit or both!”
From Desiree (Assistant): “Raw nuts are my favorite!”
From Allison (Hygienist): “Apples are great because they act as micro-scrubbers on your teeth. Tasty too!”
From Ashley (Admin Team): “Veggie Tray! I cut up my favorite veggies and have them on hand for a quick snack. Celery, carrots, broccoli & cauliflower are in the fridge now!” From Crystal (Admin Team): “For a protein and energy boost, my kiddos love oatmeal energy bites. They are amazing.” Recipe: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together (1cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almond butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup raw honey, 1/4 cup flaxseed). Roll out teaspoon sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze until set about one hour. Enjoy and keep leftovers in a Ziploc bag in fridge or freezer. Makes about 20-24 energy bites.
In addition to trying out our favorite snacks, keep these tips in mind when planning snacks that benefit your oral health:
Eat More Of These
Leafy Greens: Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens have calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, and magnesium; all essential for healthy teeth and gums.
Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt: Dairy is a delicious source of calcium, which supports strong bones and teeth.
Kiwi, Oranges, And Other Vitamin-C-Rich Foods: Vitamin C boosts your body’s ability to fight the infection that causes gum disease.
Eat Less Of These
Soda And Energy Drinks: These acidic, sugary drinks attack and gradually deteriorate your protective tooth enamel.
Sticky Candy, Gummies, And Dried Fruit: These foods stick in your teeth and continue to bathe your teeth in sugar for hours after eating.
Highly Processed Carbs: This includes crackers, white bread, and pastries, which feed decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Keep In Touch To Learn More!
Now that we’ve shared our favorite healthy snacks, we want to hear from YOU! If you have any healthy recipes you make at home, share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page! We’d love to see what kinds of creative snack ideas you’ve come up with.
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DISCLAIMER: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.