Healthy Quarantine Snacks Your Teeth Will Thank You For

Woman sitting on floor eating watermelon quarantine snacksIf you’re finding yourself doing a lot of snacking these days, you’re not alone! The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to stay at home much more than usual, and the boredom is causing many folks to gravitate towards the kitchen. While snacking isn’t necessarily a bad thing in moderation, it is important to choose snacks that won’t hurt your teeth. Fortunately, there are lots of tooth-friendly quarantine snacks to enjoy that are dentist-approved. Keep reading for some snacking tips from Cumming family dentist Dr. Jordan to satisfy your snack cravings as well as your hunger for oral health. 

A Dentist’s Guide to Quarantine Snacking

The stress, isolation, and downright weirdness of this time is a big trigger for many people, and it’s understandable to turn to comfort foods and junk foods as a coping mechanism. However, making some simple substitutions can help you feel better and protect your health at a time when that’s extra important. 

According to Leeds University Professor of Pediatric Dentistry Jack Toumba, the best snacks for dental health “aren’t acidic, sticky or sugary; don’t hang around too long in the mouth; contain tooth-friendly compounds such as the minerals calcium and phosphorus or natural antibacterials; and stimulate saliva which is nature’s tooth cleaner.”

The best quarantine snacks include:

Crunchy Fruits and Veggies

Crunchy produce like apples, pears, celery, and carrots are juicy and hydrating, but their crunchy texture also acts a bit like a toothbrush, scraping the surface of your teeth as you chomp. 

Mineral-Rich Snacks

To keep tooth enamel strong, choose plain nuts (especially almonds), cheese, and yogurt, which contain calcium and phosphorus. Opt for low-fat dairy products if possible, as these contain the highest levels of phosphorus. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also good choices.

Snacks to Avoid

Steer clear of snacks that are full of processed sugars and carbs, sticky candies or caramels that are hard to clean off of teeth, and acidic snacks like tomato juice or citrus fruits. And if you do indulge in these treats every once in a while, remember to brush and floss about 20 minutes after you finish eating, giving your enamel time to re-harden. 

Fun Ideas for Quarantine Snacks

Just because snacks are healthy, doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Check out some of these creative quarantine snacks

However you’re getting through this pandemic, we hope you’re staying well and keeping yourselves entertained! We look forward to serving you for all of your family dentistry needs when it’s safe to reopen. In the meantime, remember to brush and floss twice daily, and put your oral health routine in high gear so you can have a cavity-free report next time you get your teeth cleaned.

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