Peanut Butter Lovers Month & Your Teeth

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Did you know that November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Unfortunately, a lot of people are allergic to peanuts, so they don’t get to appreciate a good PB&J.

The Benefits of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter contains,

  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Fat

If you’re on a diet, peanut butter is suitable for a low-carb diet. Peanut butter is fairly nutritious. A 100-gram portion of peanut butter contains many vitamins and minerals including,

  • Vitamins E, B3 and B6
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese

The Dangers

What are the non-benefits of eating peanuts/peanut butter?

  • The shell. Don’t use your teeth to break the shell. You’ll risk chipping or even cracking a tooth, which is painful.
  • Sugar. Some peanut butters are loaded with sugar. Always check the ingredients and pick brands free of added sugars and syrups.
  • Sticky. Save peanut butter for when you are home and accessible to a toothbrush. It stays on your teeth and promotes plaque.

The Bottom Line on Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is rich in nutrients and has a decent amount of protein. Unfortunately, it’s hard not to binge on it. Moderate consumption of peanut butter is fine because it’s better than drinking sugary soda!

Take Care of Your Smile During Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Every dentist will tell you that brushing is an important part of your dental care. To have a healthy mouth and smile, the American Dental Association recommends:

  1. First and foremost, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.
  2. Second, replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
  3. Third, make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

Talk to your local dentist about what types of dental products you should be using. If you see the ADA Seal, that tells the product has met their criteria for safety and effectiveness.

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