Good and Bad Snacks for Your Teeth

Good and Bad Snacks for Your Teeth

Snacks can play an important role in a healthy diet. However, choosing your snacks wisely can prevent you from damaging your teeth. Our Los Angeles dentist explains.

Chocolate is often a favorite treat, but the kind of chocolate you choose can make the difference between a healthy snack and an unhealthy snack. Dark chocolate has less sugar and a higher portion of pure cocoa beans, which means it is a better source of flavonoids and polyphenols, both of which are good for your teeth. Dark chocolate with 90 percent of more cocoa content has a rich cocoa flavor and is good for your teeth and your overall health.

Many people have cravings for something sweet or sour, which leads them to the office vending machine. Candy may certainly fulfill their cravings, but they can also contain high levels of citric and malic acid, artificial dyes and sugar, all of which can damage the teeth. Feed your cravings for sour or sweet with fruit, which can also provide you with fiber, vitamins and other nutrients your body needs without all the tooth-damaging things it doesn't.

Popcorn is a top snack due to its convenience and reputation for being filling. Unfortunately, several servings are contained in one bag, which means it can be hazardous to your waistline, and those kernels can easily fracture a tooth, which can lead to several thousand in dental bills. Grab a handful of nuts instead. Nuts offer heart-healthy fats, filling protein and nutrients that can help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.

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