Dental

Be Smart on National PB Cookie Day

stack of peanut butter cookies

Sugary snacks aren’t good for your teeth. Since today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, we thought we’d educate you on how sugar effects your teeth. Basically, sugar causes tooth decay. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up in the dental chair.

How Do Sugars Attack My Teeth?

Bacteria lives in your mouth. Some of these bacteria form a sticky material called plaque that are on the surface on your teeth. When you put sugar in your mouth, the bacteria in the plaque turns it into acids. The acids dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth. That’s how cavities start.

Snack Smart on National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Chewy peanut butter cookies spend more time sticking to the surface of your teeth.

Did you know that damaging acids form in your mouth every time you eat a sugary snack? The acids continue to affect your teeth for at least 20 minutes.

If you eat cookies today, it’s best to eat them as dessert after a main meal instead of several times a day between meals. Whenever you eat them- brush your teeth well with a fluoride toothpaste afterward or rinse your mouth with water.

Be Choosy with Your Snacks

So, what’s the best thing to snack on instead of cookies?

  • First, add fresh fruits and raw veggies to your diet. Consider snacking on oranges, melons, broccoli, celery, carrots, etc.
  • Second, eat more grains. Unsweetened cereals are a good choice for breakfast instead of peanut butter cookies.
  • Third, eat some lo or non-fat dairy products.
  • Finally, pack some meats, nuts and seeds.

Get Regular Dental Cleanings

We’re not saying that you can’t have a cookie, just do it in moderation! If you’re worried about getting cavities, talk to your local dentist. Consider signing up for an Argus dental plan so you can talk to one of our providers.