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Healthy Snacks for Healthy Smiles

Many people are finding themselves reaching for more snacks during this particularly stressful time. This has left our patients wondering which snacks are good for their teeth and which ones are bad. As your trusted dentist in Sterling, VA, Brighter Smiles wants to provide you with three snack suggestions that are smile-friendly. Here are the best snacks you can choose for your dental health.

Healthy Snacks vs. Bad Snacks

Almonds, Cashews, or Peanuts

Nuts are a great smile-friendly snack. Instead of putting a bowl of candy by your desk, try putting out a bowl of almonds. Similar to candy, nuts are an on-the-go snack that can be munched on over an extended period of time. However, unlike candy, nuts contain healthy proteins and calcium which help keep your teeth strong. Additionally, nuts stimulate saliva production which helps keep your mouth moist and reduces the amount of food residue left behind on your teeth.

Fruit Smoothies

Smoothies are a great option for those who would normally reach for a sugary soda. Unfortunately, soda leaves behind staining agents and sticky residues on your teeth which can dull and weaken them over time. Smoothies, on the other hand, are filled with vitamins and minerals that our teeth need to be strong. You can fill your smoothie with any type of fruit, but we recommend kiwis and strawberries the most. Kiwis are packed with calcium, while strawberries contain high amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is great for your overall health, and can specifically help prevent gum disease for your mouth.


We can’t recommend cheese enough as a smile-friendly snack. Not only is it soft and easy on your teeth, but it is also filled with proteins and calcium which help keep your teeth strong. Additionally, cheese helps balance the pH of your mouth, which helps reduce the amount of harmful acidic residues left behind on your teeth. Cubed cheese, string cheese, sliced cheese, or whatever other kinds of cheese you can find at the store makes a great snack to keep around for your dental health.

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Your smile is important to us at Brighter Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics. Our team delivers personalized and comprehensive dental care for children, teens, and adults. If you are ready to schedule your next dental appointment, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.