Snacking and Your Teeth

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A healthy diet is very important for good oral health. Eating healthy foods will help reduce tooth decay and gum disease . Limiting the amount and how often sugar is eaten is very important in the prevention of tooth decay .

What kinds of foods cause tooth decay?

  • Foods high in sugar that stay in the mouth longer, such as hard candy, sticky foods, fruit leathers, and dried fruit. Eating more sugar will produce more acid in the mouth.

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What kinds of food are good for my teeth?

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What can I do to ensure a healthy mouth?

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What are some healthy choices for between meal snacks?

Most of these foods are nutritious and are low in sugar :

  • nuts
  • eggs
  • fruits
  • cheese
  • pretzels
  • popcorn
  • crackers
  • white milk
  • plain yogurt
  • raw vegetables
  • sunflower seeds
  • unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices

These foods can be eaten occasionally as a snack. They are nutritious but contain sugar :

  • ice cream
  • fruit muffins
  • milk shakes
  • milk pudding
  • chocolate milk

These foods should be only eaten as a treat when you are able to brush your teeth, because they have a lot of sugar and can stick to your teeth:

  • pop
  • cake
  • raisins
  • cookies
  • candies
  • chocolate bars

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