Halloween this year looked a little different for most families but it’s likely that candy and other tasty treats were still consumed in large quantities around the world. Most people know the negative impact that candy can have on oral health, but many aren’t aware there are other foods that can be just as detrimental in the long run.
We’ve outlined some foods to watch out for to make sure that you and your kids have healthy smiles.
– It doesn’t usually matter which kind of chip as for all kinds it can be hard to eat just one. The salty flavor mixed with that satisfying crunch is hard to pass up. However, these types of foods are also really high in starch. The starch from the chips and the chip particles themselves can get stuck in your teeth. Make sure you’ve got floss nearby to clean out your teeth after enjoying a handful or two.
– It can be tempting to crunch down on a few pieces of ice that get left in your glass of water or soda. However, chewing on a hard food like ice can leave you susceptible to a dental emergency like a chipped tooth or it can damage the enamel on your teeth. Water is excellent for your health and teeth but avoid the ice and enjoy it in its liquid form instead.
– While high in protein and fiber this tasty sandwich spread is also high in sugar. Peanut butter is also sticky which means it will cling to your teeth in the same way that candy does. Because of this you’ll want to be sure to rinse your mouth out with plenty of water and then brush your teeth as soon as you are able.
– Looking for healthy and easy snacks to eat on the go or offer to your kids while jetting from one activity to another is a positive thing, and dried fruit can be a great option. It’s important to note though that raisins, mangos, cranberries and other dried fruits are also high in sugar and they’re sticky like fruit snacks. Having the sugar stuck to your teeth for a long period of time gives the cavity causing bacteria in your mouth an excellent source of food. Make sure you rinse with water after eating these foods and floss and brush as soon as you can.
– These types of beverages should really come with a warning label for your teeth. While popular for athletes of all ages, sports drinks are typically very high in sugar. The Academy of Pediatrics notes that while drinks that contain protein, carbohydrates, and electrolytes can be beneficial for athletes, during normal routine physical activity they aren’t necessary. Check the labels of your favorite drinks and make sure they’re low in sugar, and whenever possible we suggest you opt for water instead.
Of course, you don’t have to give up these foods entirely. Instead we recommend that you enjoy them in moderation and pair them with a great oral hygiene routine to help maintain a healthy mouth.