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Colgate not just protects your teeth from gum problems, diseases and tooth decay but also educates you on what kind of food is good for your teeth so that you snack smart.
What’s wrong with sugary snacks, anyway?
Sugary snacks taste so good — but they aren’t so good for your teeth or your body. The candies, cookies, cakes and other sugary foods that kids love to eat between meals can cause tooth decay. Kids who consume sugary snacks eat many different kinds of sugar every day, including table sugar (sucrose) and corn sweeteners (fructose). Starchy snacks can also break down into sugars once they’re in your mouth. Sugar in the mouth can make your teeth prone to tooth decay and cavities. Some sugary foods have a lot of fat in them, too. The effect of sugar is not visible instantly but with time it affects your health and your teeth.
How do sugars attack your teeth?
Invisible germs called bacteria live in your mouth all the time. Some of these bacteria form a layer of sticky material called plaque on the surface of the teeth. When you put sugar in your mouth, the bacteria in the plaque gobble up the sweet stuff and turn it into acids. These acids are powerful enough to dissolve the hard enamel that covers and protects your teeth. That’s how cavities get started. If you don’t eat much sugar, the bacteria can’t produce as much of the acid that eats away enamel.
How can I “snack smart” to protect myself from tooth decay?
Before you start munching on a snack, ask yourself what’s in the food you’ve chosen. Another choice may be better for your teeth. Gooey or chewy sweets stick to the surface of your teeth for a longer time, giving your teeth a longer sugar bath than foods that you would quickly chew and swallow.
You should also think about when and how often you eat snacks. Damaging acids form in your mouth every time you eat a sugary snack. So, the more times you eat sugary snacks during the day, the more often you feed bacteria the fuel they need to cause tooth decay.If you eat sweets, it’s best to eat them as dessert after a main meal instead of several times a day between meals. Brushing teeth after you have a sweet can save you from tooth decay.
How can you snack smart? Be choosy!
There are lots of tasty, filling snacks that are less harmful to your teeth and the rest of your body than foods loaded with sugars and low in nutritional value. Low-fat choices like raw vegetables, fresh fruits, or whole-grain crackers or breads are smart choices. Eating the right foods can help protect you from tooth decay and other diseases. Next time you reach for a snack, pick a food from the list inside or make up your own menu of non-sugary, low-fat snack foods from the basic food groups.
Choose a snack that is nutritious as well as tasty. Read the nutrition facts before you buy something from the grocery store. Be creative with the way you cook or eat healthy snacks. Avoid sweets between meals and pick a variety of low or non-fat foods to munch on. Some of the healthy options are listed below:-
Berries, Oranges, Grapefruit, Melons, Carrots, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Bread, Plain bagels, unsweetened cereals, Chicken etc.
The food you eat affects your oral health, so it is important to consume healthy foods that will nourish your teeth and gums. Snacking is a particularly troubling area of concern for the teeth, because snack foods tend to be the unhealthiest foods that you can eat. Look for options and eat healthy. Snack smart!
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