| 07/10/14


When it comes to having healthy teeth, it’s often the little things that make a big difference. Did you know that your choices at lunch can have long-term effects? If you’re looking for small, easy ways to maintain your oral health you can start by brainstorming some new healthy lunchtime habits, like the ones below!


It’s no secret that dairy is good for your teeth. It’s an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D which can help build strong smiles. Certain cheeses have the added benefit of neutralizing acids in your mouth—mozzarella, gouda, and specific cheddars being among them. As a result, you help protect your tooth enamel and your bright white smile.  A nice, easy way to enjoy cheese with lunch is to serve it with crackers and fruit. Give it a try!

Crunchy Produce

Fresh fruits and veggies are an absolute go-to for healthy lunches.  Not only are they good for your overall health, but they’re great for your smile as well. By picking produce that has some crunch to it, you’re helping your mouth produce more saliva. This, in turn, is your body’s natural response which helps wash away extra food from your teeth. As an added bonus, these crunchy treats will keep your gums healthy as well as massage them and improve their circulation. Need some ideas on which fruits and veggies have the best crispy crunch? Try going for apples, carrots, celery, pears, sugar snap peas, and sweet peppers.


Another great option for lunch is to reach for healthy yogurts—the ones which avoid being overloaded with sugar. Yogurt is great for your dental health because it’s full of probiotics and good bacteria. This can help kill germs in your mouth and help you avoid cavities and gum disease. If you’re willing to purchase yogurt that’s completely sugar-free you can gain the most benefits. Need some added sweetness?  Stir in a little bit of honey to do the trick.

By creating goals for healthy lunchtime habits you’ll be making a big investment in your oral health. Remember, small choices (when frequently repeated) can have lasting and lifelong effects. Make your choices good ones and help better your smile a bite at a time! Ready to come in and discuss how to best care for your teeth? Schedule an appointment with Herrick Dental today!

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