New research has shown that snacking a lot during the day can increase the risk of developing tooth decay. Snacking itself isn’t necessarily the issue; it is what you snack on that can make the difference.
How do the sugars attack your teeth?
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. When you do not remove plaque from your teeth every day, it builds up. Plaque bacteria use sugar to make acid that attacks enamel, the hard surface of the tooth. The acid can attack tooth enamel for up to 20 minutes after you consume sugary foods or drinks. Frequent acid attacks can break down the enamel and cavities can develop.
Tooth ErosionCertain acidic foods/drinks can also cause damage to the enamel on our teeth. Some of our favourite drinks including 100% citrus fruit juices, diet soda & other sugar free drinks are big culprits when it comes to tooth erosion.
*Limit the amount of times you eat sugary snacks during the day
*Try & eat your sugary treats after a main meal
*Look at the consistency of food. Sticky foods stay in your mouth for longer!
*Read food labels look for hidden sugars
*Eat mindfully ( are you bored, or are you thirsty)
The NHS have put together this fantastic campaign. Follow the link to read more and gets some great snacking tipshttps://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids
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