Whether you just got back home from work or you’re spending time with friends on the weekend, it’s often nice to enjoy a few treats to relax. You might not even notice when you’re snacking, as this is a common way to keep your energy up throughout the day. But can this daily habit be harmful to your pearly whites? Keep reading to learn four ways snacking can negatively affect your dental health!
#1: Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
While you might brush and floss every day, frequently eating snacks can allow bits of food and debris to collect between your teeth. This is especially the case with starchy foods, like pretzels, chips, and crackers. Without cleaning your mouth afterward, these particles can remain on your smile for hours, increasing your risk of decay and cavities.
#2: High Acidity Levels
After eating and drinking, the bacteria in your mouth will break it down and produce acid by-products. If you snack often, then you can increase the acidity levels around your teeth, causing your enamel to wear away over time. This can eventually cause cavities to develop. For this reason, you should try rinsing your mouth after snacking.
#3: Frequent Sugar Consumption
Sugar is the biggest nemesis for your dental health and one of the best food sources for bacteria. Eating it frequently can significantly increase the likelihood of cavities and decay. To avoid this, you can simply moderate how often you eat sugary treats on a daily basis.
#4: You May Have to Alter Your Diet
Some snacks can actually be good for your dental and overall health—including fruits, veggies, nuts, and cheese. But if you tend to munch on pretzels, candies, and chips every day, you could be doing more harm to your teeth in the long run.
While snacking isn’t always a bad thing, it’s important to keep your smile healthy and strong in the process. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth daily, and visit your dentist at least twice a year to receive professional preventive dental care!
About the Author
Dr. Martin T. Barco earned his dental doctorate from the University of North Carolina and has been delivering excellent and comprehensive dental care for over a decade. He is a proud member of numerous prestigious organizations including the American and Indiana Dental Associations, the Spear Dental Study Club, and the Southern Indiana Dental Association. He also offers a multitude of advanced treatments, including dental checkups and cleanings to help you achieve and maintain healthy pearly whites. If you’d like to schedule an appointment or know more about snacking and your dental health, feel free to visit our website or call us at 812-332-8290.