Sweet tooth anyone? Since sugar is so addictive we tent to eat too much of it and it can lead to problems with our teeth. Certain types of sugar can cause permanent damage to our teeth and that is easily avoidable by making smart choices. Sugar from food turns into acid in our mouth and that causes weakening of the enamel – the outer layer of our tooth. Consuming sugary food too much and too often may lead to a tooth decay.

Before you have your snack, ask yourself what is in the food. If it has a large amount of sugar, choose something different. If you must eat something sweet, do it after dinner instead of all day. Then, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste afterward.

Low-fat choices are your best option. Consider foods such as fresh fruits – perfect this summer, whole-grain crackers or raw vegetables. Choose something from one of the basic food groups for your best option.

Low-fat choices like raw vegetables, fresh fruits, or whole-grain crackers or bread are smart choices.

Here are some more options for you:

  • Berries
  • Grapefruit
  • Melons
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Whole-Grain bread
  • Unsweetened cereals
  • Tortilla chips (baked, not fried)
  • Pretzels (low-salt)
  • Pasta
  • Low or non-fat yogurt
  • Low or non-fat cheese
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts

Remember to do the following:

  • Eat less sugary foods
  • Avoid sticky foods such us toffees, raisins and other dried fruits
  • Eat a variety of low-fat foods found in the basic food groups
  • Don’t eat sweets between meals
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste after sugary snacks