Uh Oh! It’s National Cookie Month

bakery with a bunch of cookies

Sugary snacks are fantastic, but not so much for your dental health. Unfortunately, cookies can cause tooth decay. Some sugary foods have a lot of fat in them too. So during National Cookie Month, don’t overindulge and teach your kids the importance of dental care. Better late than never!

How Sugars Attack Your Teeth

Bacteria lives in your mouth. Some of the bacteria form a sticky material called plaque on the surface of the teeth. When eating a cookie, the bacteria turns into acids. These acids are powerful enough to dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth. Ever wonder how cavities form? That’s it.

Snack Smart

Before you take that first bite, ask yourself what’s in the food. Is it full of sugar? Gooey or chewy sweets spend more time sticking to the surface of your teeth. Because sticky snacks stay in your mouth longer than foods that you quickly chew and swallow, they attack your teeth more.

Did you know that damaging acids form in your mouth every time you eat a sugary snack? The acids affect your teeth for at least 20 minutes before they are neutralized and can’t do anything else. Unfortunately, the more you eat cookies during the day at work, the more you feed the bacteria in your mouth.

Be Choosy During National Cookie Month

Not sure what to snack on? Opt for:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Melons
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Tangerines
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices
  • Canned fruits in natural juices
  • Low or non-fat milk

Read the nutritional facts on everything you buy. Foods like pizza and breads may contain hidden sugars. Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth out with a good, refreshing mouthwash.

Get A Good Dental Plan

The Argus Freedom Plan offers quality, affordable coverage for basic and specialty dental care. Members have the freedom to choose the best quality care.

With no waiting periods, no claims forms, and no deductibles, the Argus Freedom Plan offers easy to use dental coverage. Members have the freedom to access any dentist of their choice. They can also enjoy additional savings when using an in-network provider.

The Argus Master Plan offers quality, affordable dental care coverage for Florida residents. Plans start as low as $8.95 per month!

Adults often experience changes in their oral and health as they age, which may require services beyond preventative care.

Therefore, families need flexible dental and vision coverage, and a plan that is tailored to their needs. Put together a checklist of the regular services you need to receive, and the one-off services that might be necessary. Check out Argus’ dental plans! Argus has coverage for individuals and families.