Fast Food and Snack Foods

Fast food and snacking also affects your dental health

Fast Food and Snack Foods

With such busy schedules, it can sometimes be hard to prepare fresh meals at home. Fast food and snacks are often a go-to solution.

Fast food, however, can be damaging to one’s teeth.

4 Steps for Busy People to Better Protect Their Teeth

1 – Be aware of dangers

Salt and sugar are more likely to stick to your teeth. This food debris allows acids to build on the surface of the teeth and eventually leads to cavities.

Soft drinks wear down the tooth enamel which, in turn, leaves teeth more prone to cavities.

2 – Move away from snacking and towards 3 meals per day

While eating a meal, there is more saliva released than when snacking quickly. Saliva plays a very important role in dental health. It helps eliminate food debris from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids. As a result, there is a reduction in dental cavities.

3 – Plan ahead

If you know you are going to have a busy week, shop in advance and stock your kitchen with fresh ingredients. Here are a few ideas:
• Buy whole fresh fruits (apples, oranges and bananas are easy to grab and go);
• Cut up fruits and veggies, in individual containers (carrots, cherry tomatoes, melon) pre-prepare salads (in individual containers, combine veggies and pack salad dressing in a separate container);
• prepare meals in bulk (prepare meals in larger quantities and freeze leftovers in individual, meal-sized containers).

4 – Have a backup plan

Keep a pack of sugar-free gum handy.
Keep an extra toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag!

Have more questions? Please contact us!

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