Posted by Devenia Besant on 23 Apr 2019

As someone who loves sugar and sugary snacks I recently had chat with Judith from the Quadrant Dental Practice in Epsom about what I should try and step away from in between meals.  She kindly sent over her 3 top tooth friendly tips, which I’m now sharing with you…

Why an apple a day won’t keep the dentist away?!

Did you know that a tooth’s worst enemies are sugar and acid? These can be contained in the food and drink we consume, acid is also produced by the plaque bacteria in our mouths when fed any form of sugar. Regular exposure to these two types of acid is the cause of both tooth decay and acid erosion.

We agree that it’s important to have a healthy balanced diet, but we also believe this can be achieved without causing damage to your teeth.

How do I prevent tooth decay and still eat healthily? We hear you ask, well here are our 3 top tooth friendly tips to keep decay at bay.

Keep snacks savoury

Not everyone knows this but……………  it’s not the quantity of sugar or acid you consume that causes problems, it is in fact the frequency it is consumed. So a great and simple way to help keep your teeth healthy is to keep all snacks between meals savoury, or avoid snacking altogether if you can!

Brush before you eat not after

Common sense would tell you that brushing your teeth after eating is a good idea, Sometimes, though the opposite is true, If you’re eating or drinking something that contains acid, you’re better off brushing beforehand, or waiting for 30 minutes after you’ve eaten.

 ‘No added sugar’ it’s not all it seems!

It’s a great idea to stay hydrated throughout the day but beware!  There’s a minefield of hidden sugar and acid in flavored drinks.  Just because the label says ‘sugar free’ or ‘no added sugar’ unfortunately this is not always the case. There is often still natural sugar or acid in these drinks which will damage your teeth. Our advice is between meals stick to water, milk, or unsweetened tea or coffee.

Tooth friendly snacks include:

  • Plain popcorn
  • Cheese, baby bell etc
  • Hard boiled egg/scrambled eggs
  • Sandwiches with savoury fillings g. Cheese, egg, ham, chicken, beef, tuna, salmon, sugar free peanut butter, humous, falafel.
  • Cooked/raw vegetables
  • Corn on the cob
  • Plain or Marmite rice cakes
  • Fresh vegetables such as carrot, cucumber or celery with a dip eg. humous or cream/squeezy cheese
  • Toast fingers and soft cheese spread
  • Potato cakes, savoury rice cakes
  • Rivita (savoury)
  • Water biscuit
  • Whole meal pitta bread
  • Crackers with cheese and cucumber
  • Oatcake with houmous and avocado
  • Nuts such as pistachio, cashew, walnut and hazelnut-(for children over age of 6 and providing they do not have a nut allergy)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Bread sticks
  • Cheese on toast
  • Bread and butter
  • Cuppa soup
  • Crisps (check ingredients for sugar though!)
  • Cocktail sausages
  • Savory Scones
  • Pancakes with savory fillings
  • Pitted olives
  • Edamame beans
  • Tortilla

In between meals TRY to say NO to:

  • Fruit smoothies
  • Sweets
  • Biscuits/cookies
  • Cakes
  • Cereal bars
  • Raisins and other dried fruit
  • Yoghurt (Plain or flavoured)
  • Fromage frais and Frubes
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Squash drinks including “sugar free”
  • Fizzy and/or Flavoured water including “sugar free”
  • Fruit juice
  • Energy drinks
  • Milkshakes/Flavoured milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam/Marmalade
  • Nutella
  • Ketchup
  • Granola and most cereals

Great tips to follow and suitable snack suggestions to keep the decay at bay!!!!

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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