If you are looking for a great snack during the day knowing your child may not see a toothbrush for a few hours, here are a few snacks you can give them without fear–not only are these snacks good for your teeth, they actually fight cavities.
1.) Candy: This may be a shocker, but SUGAR FREE CANDY can actually help your mouth fight cavities because many sugar free candies are sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is great because bacteria in your mouth cannot metabolize it and create acid that breaks down your teeth (the way it can with sugar). So, if you are looking for a sweet treat to give yourself or your kids, feel good about reaching for a sugar-free lollipop or lozenge.
2.) Cheese: No surprises here–cheese is free of sugar and full of nutrients like calcium and a protein called casein that has been tested as a strong cavity fighter. Cheese curds, cheese cubes, and string cheese are great go-to snacks if you know you won’t be brushing for a while.
3.) Gum: Sugar-free gum is an amazing cavity fighter (and bad breath blocker). It helps fight bacteria with the power of xylitol in most cases, but even sugar-free gums sweetened with other sweetners are still effective cavity fighters because they help keep your saliva flowing which in and of itself is a strong cavity fighter.
These foods are great in a pinch, but brushing is always the best way to clean your mouth. Fruits and vegetables are also a great way to clear out cavity causing bacteria.
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Talk to Dr. Johnson and his staff about other great snacks to reach for when you know you don’t have a toothbrush nearby. He’s an expert!