School snacks for healthy teeth
With the return to school fast approaching our office sees the improvement in your child’s oral health. No more all-day summer snacking and slurping back sugary drinks.
The snacks you send in your child’s lunch can help keep their smile healthy all year long.
School Snacks, Dentist Approved:
- Fresh fruit and crunchy vegetables. They’re high in fiber and will help fill up hungry tummies. Bonus: chewing crisp fruits and veggies can scrub away food particles and plaque.
- While citrus fruits, such as oranges, and grapefruit are healthy and delicious, citrus fruits contain citric acid which can cause enamel erosion. Moderation is important!
- Unsalted and low-salt nuts, such as almonds or walnuts.
- A lunch meat and cheese roll up.
- Cottage cheese or low-sugar yogurt. Both are excellent sources of calcium and vitamin D, which promote healthy bones and teeth!
- Peanut Butter (especially natural) is packed with fiber and protein. Spread on celery stalks, apple slices, or on wraps with bananas.
- Small cubes of cheese. Especially cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, and other aged cheeses. These cheeses trigger the flow of saliva which helps to wash food particles away from teeth.
- Choose water instead of soda or juice!
Uh-Oh! School Snacks to Avoid:
Dried fruit, fruit leathers and fruit snacks
Not only are they loaded with sugar, but these snacks are gooey and sticky and cling to the surface of teeth and gums.
- Energy, protein or granola bars
These may seem like a good choice, but they are very similar to candy bars in the amount of sugar and calories. Many contain sticky dried fruit that cling to teeth long after the snack is eaten.
- Cracker snacks
White flour crackers like goldfish, graham crackers, and bagel chips also stick to teeth. These types of crackers contain carbohydrates that turn into sugar when broken down. Try healthier alternatives like whole grain crackers and triscuits.
- Sports drinks
Sports drinks contain extra calories and high levels of sugar, almost as much as soda. They are also acidic and can contribute to enamel erosion.
Call today for your back-to-school cleaning!