Costa Mesa dentist describes tips on smart snacks for healthy teeth
At Smiles4OC, children can ask a Costa Mesa dentist about tips on smart snacks for healthy teeth. While taking good care of the smile between recall visits is important and effective at maintaining oral health, what we eat can have a negative effect on all our hard work. Drs. Rolfes, Do, and Dunne of Smiles4OC work with children of all ages and can advise patients on the best “smart snacks” to keep a smile looking its best.
The most important aspect of eating healthy is avoiding sugary snacks. Sugary snacks may taste great, but they aren’t very good for your mouth or body. Eating unhealthy, sugary snacks between brushing and flossing can result in the development of tooth decay due to the plaque and tartar they can contribute to. Sugar is in many different foods in the form of table sugar and corn sweeteners. Drs. Rolfes, Do, and Dunne may suggest patients reconsider sugary snacks such as cookies, cake, and candy to reduce their likelihood of developing cavities and periodontal disease.
Instead of reaching for something full of sugar, the dentists of Smiles4OC may strongly suggest alternatives such as fruits and vegetables, which many Americans do not get enough servings of each day. Many of these are sweeter due to the natural sugars and may help satisfy a “sweet tooth.”
Regardless of what patients are eating, brushing, and flossing after every meal is essential for removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth. Drs. Rolfes, Do, and Dunne can even educate children and adults on the best way to brush and floss to ensure it is being done right for effective results. A consultation visit with our team can be scheduled for patients to ask questions about a nutritious diet and oral care tips.
Instead of reaching for a sugary snack after school or before bedtime, strongly reconsider what you are doing to your smile. Drs. Rolfes, Do, and Dunne encourage patients to avoid these kinds of poor diet choices and pick from a variety of healthy foods from the basic food groups, which can contribute, to a better lifestyle and beautiful smiles!
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