Do you feel like you are frequently sacrificing great flavor and good nutrition for the sake of convenience? If you regularly find yourself eating food from a drive-thru window or grabbing lunch from a vending machine, you could be struggling with a variety of side effects, from feeling sluggish and cranky, to potentially damaging your dental health. Most processed and packaged foods contain large amounts of sugar, which can contribute to dental problems like cavities and even gum disease. Fortunately, there are lots of healthy alternatives that don’t have to cost a fortune or take a great deal of your time! So if you want to protect your smile, feel better, and perhaps even lose a few pounds, why not take a look at your diet?
Looking to Make Some Practical Swaps?
Your overall and oral health are both dependent on getting the nutrients the body needs to function properly and to protect itself against bacteria. Unfortunately, if your diet is filled with empty calories with little nutritional value, you will not be able to function or feel your best. You may begin to notice dental problems such as sensitivity or discomfort, as well.
Fortunately, there are lots of simple swaps that can help make your everyday routine much healthier, and can begin to change your tastes as well.
- Instead of sugary cereal, for instance, why not have oatmeal with fresh fruit or almond butter for added flavor and protein? Or go with a veggie-filled omelette, which is satiating and nutritious. You could also add fruit to a plain yogurt, for a quick breakfast on the go, or a nutritious snack.
- Taking your lunch to work, instead of hitting a drive-thru, can save you money, calories and added sugar. To keep things simple, either make extra portions of dinner to take as leftovers, or create a week’s worth of simple meals like salads, baked chicken, roasted veggies, and other healthy options, to make packing your lunch a breeze on busy weekdays.
- Instead of resorting to sugary candybars or granola bars which are often just as high in sugar to get you through an afternoon slump, try taking your own trail mix made of a mix of nuts and dark chocolate, which is actually good for your teeth!
- Ready to cut back on sodas, sweet teas and coffee filled with cream and sugar? Try adding fruits and herbs to your water, to make it more flavorful. Just avoid citrus fruits which can be erosive. You could also make plain tea or coffee, and add a bit of coconut or cashew milk, or even cinnamon, for flavor and a subtle hint of sweetness.
Can You Protect Your Smile?
Even with a healthy diet, preventive dental care is still important. You should be scheduling bi-annual checkups and cleanings to best protect your teeth. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517 to schedule a preventive appointment. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.