How Snacking May Harm Your Teeth

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Munching on snacks is something that nearly everyone does on a daily basis, and not just once every day. Whenever you feel bored, sleepy, tired or hungry, you just can’t help but reach for a chocolate bar or bag of chips.

Unfortunately, even as your mood gets uplifted and your hunger pangs disappear after eating your sweet or salty treat, you will still feel their effects long after you’ve digested them. This is because these snacks are not just unhealthy for your body; they are bad for your teeth, too.

How Snacking May Harm Your Teeth

If you want to know how snacking may harm your teeth, a trusted dentist in Indianapolis explains the two ways below:

Dental Erosion

Also known as acid erosion, dental erosion is a type of tooth wear. It pertains to the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attacks.

If you frequently snack on foods that contain lots of acid such as oranges, grapefruits, pickles and sour candies, and wash them down with a bottle of soda or fruit juice, you will likely erode your enamel fairly quickly. Prolonged dental erosion can cause the following dental issues:

  • Changes in the shape of your teeth. Over time, teeth may show a broad curved concavity and gaps between teeth can become bigger. Dents may also appear on the surface of the teeth. Lastly, signs of surface wear on teeth that should not be in contact with one another can also appear.
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Teeth discoloration

Sugar Decay

Sugary snacks can cause as much damage to your teeth as acidic foods can. This is because the sugar in the foods and drinks you consume will react with the plaque on your teeth. This will create acids that will attack the enamel.

If left alone, the acids will soon attack the tooth dentin. Eventually, they can bore holes in the tooth which can cause an infection and severe toothache.

If you’re dealing with tooth erosion or tooth decay, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Teeth-Friendly Snacks

Choosing healthier snack options will do wonders for both your oral health and overall wellness. Here are some nutritious, teeth-friendly treats you should start eating more of:

  • Fresh, raw veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, and zucchinis. They do not contain large amounts of sugar and acid but are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Fresh crunchy fruits like apples and pears are good for occasional snacks as well. They are also low in sugar and acids but still contain a variety of nutrients.
  • Seaweed snacks. They are low-calorie snacks that taste great. They are also high in fiber so they make perfect daily snacks.

By being smarter in choosing your snacks, you can turn off your hunger pangs, satisfy your cravings, and maintain and even improve your dental and overall health.  Check out our blog to learn about other ways to improve your dental and overall health. 

 

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