Healthy Snacks for Home that can Boost Oral & Overall Health
- On April 6, 2020
If you’re anything like us, you may be feeling a little extra snacky while spending more time at home these days. Luckily our Healthy Smile Healthy Child Program Dental Hygienist, Alicia, has us all covered and has prepared some ideas for healthy snacks to have at home (ones the whole family can enjoy!).
Not only are these snacks simple and super easy to prepare, they’re also good for your oral health and are immune boosting too. A total win! We hope you enjoy these tips and wish you happy and healthy snacking.
Green tea has been known to promote healthy teeth and gums because of its antioxidants. Also, did you know that health experts are suggesting we sip on warm beverages in order to reduce our risk of illness? Cheers to that.
Cheese raises the pH in your mouth reducing potential cavity causing acids. It also contains precious calcium and protein, which help in making strong enamel.
Low-sugar and low-fat yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein. Probiotics found in yogurt are beneficial bacteria that help reduce bad (cavity causing) bacteria.
Leafy greens are a great source of fiber, high in minerals and nutrients, while being low in calories. Spinach and kale in particular are known to promote oral health. Greens are also a great source of folic acid, a special type of B vitamin that helps the body produce and maintain new cells.
High in fiber and water, apples add a “tooth brushing” effect to your teeth, scrubbing away plaque. They help produce saliva to wash away bad bacteria and the fibrous texture helps to stimulate your gums, making them stronger. Apples make a great snack for the end of a meal!
Making a healthier mouth with each bite, cashews and almonds help to remove plaque. They are loaded with beneficial protein and calcium. For best results, look for ones that are low in sugar and salt.
Water is our neutralizing force! It is the most essential fluid and gift we can give our bodies. Drinking water helps reduce cavity causing acids in the mouth, hence why it is so important to drink water after eating and/or drinking other beverages. Staying hydrated is key to well balanced health mentally, physical and emotionally.