Afternoon hunger can be a powerful force that has many of our dental patients reaching for unhealthy snacks and drinks. One source that many people use to satisfy this hunger is the office vending machine.
Unfortunately, when you are experiencing a serious craving, the vending machine may be your only option. Choosing the vending machine repeatedly over time can lead to serious tooth decay. Dr. Kaz Zymantas is a dentist committed to helping patients prevent cavities in Naperville, IL and aims to educate patients about the concerns with these snacks. Here are some problems associated with vending machine snacks:
Sodas and Other Fizzy Drinks
Most vending machines dispense sodas for people who want that mid-afternoon caffeine pick me up. You may think choosing a diet soda could be a better option for your teeth, but that is not always the case. Sodas, even the diet ones, are loaded with carbonic acid, which destroys tooth enamel and leads to cavities.
Sugary Treats and More
Picking a sweet treat, like a candy bar or fruit juice, is just as problematic as drinking a soda. The sugar from your snack converts to acid, which could lead to additional tooth enamel damage.
Alternatives to the Vending Machine
To avoid vending machine temptation, you have to plan ahead. Load your lunch box with additional healthy snacks for your afternoon slump. Bring nutritious options like fruit, raw vegetables, cheese or nuts.
Tips to Help in a Bind
Dr. Zymantas understands that there are times when you have no other choice than to go to the vending machine. In those situations, here is what to do: After eating or drinking your sugary snack or soda, brush your teeth. If you do not have a toothbrush handy, rinse your mouth with water.
You can achieve a brighter smile and avoid cavities if you make a commitment to staying away from the vending machine. Call Dr. Zymantas today to get more helpful tips about how to keep your smile healthy and strong.