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Is Snacking Damaging Your Dental Health?

Posted on 3/20/2016 by Dr. Jay
A collection of soda bottles full of sugar and harmful to your oral health!Many nutritional and health experts recommend eating several small meals throughout the day in order to lose weight, but is this a good strategy when it comes to your oral health?

In actuality, it has been found that snacking frequently throughout the day might not be the best move for your teeth. Frequent snacking can lead to tooth decay and halitosis, since your teeth won't have enough time to recover between meals.

When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth will create acid in order to break down food. This acid can weaken the enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay and other problems. So, if you eat more than three times per day, you are giving your teeth shorter breaks from acid production.

If you do choose to snack throughout the day, there are steps that you can take in order to protect your teeth. You'll need to drink water with each meal in order to rinse away food particles, bacteria, and acid, which would possibly treat halitosis and prevent cavities.

You should also choose toothy-healthy snacks that you can eat without guilt, including raw fruits and vegetables. Not only will these foods fall in line with your diet, but they can also reduce dental plaque while promoting good breath.

Snacking isn't the only bad habit that can have a negative effect on your teeth. Drink dark liquids like red wine or coffee could cause stains, while a soda habit could wear down the enamel of your teeth. Smoking and your brushing habits, especially if you are brushing too aggressively, could also cause damage to your teeth once the enamel is compromised.

Are you concerned about how your diet might be affecting your oral health? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with your dentist to have a routine cleaning and evaluation, and get advice on how to better protect your teeth.
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As a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, Dr. Barakat is recognized as one of the top implant dentists in the United States. He is 1 of 7 Board Certified Implantologists in the state of Virginia and 1 of 4 Virginian dentists who specializes in The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession.
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