Nuts And Your Smile: 2 Benefits, 2 Considerations

You know that it’s great to go nuts for nuts when we’re talking about your nutrition. However, you may also have some little memory in the back of your mind that includes a strong warning in regard to choosing this natural, hyper-healthy snack. The result? You find yourself stuck at a crossroads. Do you grab a handful of delightful nuts, chomp away, and feel satiated as you pat yourself on the back for having protected your smile health? Or…not? Our Southlake, TX practice is happy to walk you through the final bits of information you need in order to select nuts and enjoy them without accidentally causing smile trauma!

Benefit 1: They Are Often High In Protein, Calcium, And More

If you ask us during a dental checkup and cleaning for smart snack suggestions for your smile health, we may mention nuts. One of the reasons is that they are often full of essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy and strong (and that goes for your smile, too). Many nuts are high in protein and in calcium, too, which means they offer you energy and bone-building support for overall well being.

Benefit 2: They Help Protect Your Oral Health

You have to eat every day, which means you’re either eating things that benefit and thereby protect your oral health or you’re doing the opposite. We encourage you to remember that when you eat nuts, they are very low in carbohydrates. There’s no sugar to be found. So, when you eat them, you’re doing something good for your grin! Don’t forget this (and try to avoid those nuts that have been candied!).

Consideration 1: They Can Also Break Your Teeth

Then, on the flip side of things, there’s one issue: Some nuts are nice and easy to chew. Others? Not so much. Just remember that there are a lot of varieties out there and, in honor of protecting your smile health, choose those that aren’t going to crack your teeth.

Consideration 2: You Can Eat Nuts In A More Mindful Way

Not too interested in a broken tooth that will be followed by the need for a dental crown just because you indulged in what should be a healthy snack? Fortunately, you can find ways to make nuts a smile healthy choice for yourself when you simply decide to become a little bit more mindful about the way you eat them. First, you might want to add nut meal as an ingredient to your dishes or baked goods, you may wish to choose nut butters instead, or you might just need to be careful about eating nuts that break down more easily between your teeth! They’re not off the table.

Choose Smart Snacks For A Healthy Smile

When you’re faced with a decision in regard to healthy foods and your smile health, remember to feel free to ask us about it during a visit. Sometimes, you just need more information to make a final choice. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.