3 tips for healthy lunches that help your teeth!

We firmly believe in preventive dentistry, and yes, much of that depends on how you treat your teeth! Cleaning your teeth after you eat is essential, but what you eat also affects the overall health of your teeth!

Keep Your Smile Healthy With Lunch!

Eating on-the-go can be problematic. In the morning, grabbing a doughnut is much easier than making an omelette! Taking the time to consider what you’re eating for lunch is vital for both your oral and overall health. Whether you’re planning your lunch or making lunch for your children to take to school, keep these 3 smile-friendly lunch tips in mind.

  1. Switch Out The Troublemakers – Chewy, sweet foods like gummies or dried fruits like raisins can be awful for your teeth because they stick! Instead, for a sweet treat, opt for fresh fruit or even a little bit of chocolate. Processed, starchy crackers or chips are also troublemakers. They stick to your teeth and turn into sugars very quickly. Choose whole grains instead—or even better, some healthy nuts or seeds.
  2. Reconsider What You Drink – soft drinks and energy drinks are bad for your teeth. Some fruit juices are also loaded with sugar and acidic ingredients as well. Drink water or milk instead. Chocolate milk can be a good option too – it has protein and almost half of your daily calcium requirements. If you can’t kick the soda habit, drink water after you finish lunch to help clean and rebalance your mouth.
  3. Use Natural Scrubbers – Certain foods help your teeth. For example, yoghurt and cheese can cut acidity, making something like fruit juice less harmful. There are also some excellent fruits and vegetables that scrub your teeth while you eat them, getting rid of built-up sugars and starches from your lunch. These include celery, apples, carrots, cucumbers, and pears.