March 22, 2020

5 Tips for Keeping a Smile-Friendly Diet During Quarantine

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 12:15 am

Family creates healthy meals at home during quarantineThe best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the current COVID-19 pandemic is to practice social distancing and limit your trips outside. For most of us, staying in quarantine significantly changes nearly every aspect of our life, including our diet. It’s essential that we pay extra attention to our eating habits while we stay inside in order to prevent oral health issues and keep ourselves healthy. Here are five practical tips from your Irving dentist that can help you maintain a delicious and nutritious daily diet in quarantine.

Tip #1: Cut Back on Sugar

Stress eating unhealthy comfort foods is a bad habit you may be prone to during self-isolation. It may also be more tempting to snack on sugary treats if they’re easily accessible in your home. However, the last thing you need during the COVID-19 pandemic is a cavity! Make sure you’re not over-indulging in sweets by keeping them out of sight and choosing healthier options instead.

Tip #2: Mind Your Munching

You may start to mindlessly munch on snacks throughout the day if you’re bored at home. Eating constantly dramatically increases your risk of cavities, even if you’re snacking on healthy items like fruits! Do your best to limit your eating to mealtimes only, and drink plenty of water if you do choose to snack occasionally.

Tip #3: Eat Smile-Friendly Snacks

If you must snack, choose foods that will boost your oral health! A few good options include:

  • Carrots and celery: Raw, fibrous vegetables can help prevent tooth decay by scrubbing away plaque as you chew them.
  • Oranges, tomatoes, and strawberries: Foods with vitamin C boost the immune system and promote healthy gum tissue.
  • Turkey, cheese, and nuts: Snacks with phosphorus and calcium strengthen teeth and the connective tissues that hold them in place.

Tip #4: Make Homemade Meals

While it’s important to support your local restaurants if you have the means to, eating out too much can be a problem for both your oral health and your waistline. Take some time to make just as many or more meals at home, where you can use healthier ingredients.

Tip #5: Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated bolsters your immune system, washes away lingering sugars and plaque in your mouth, and can even improve your mood. It may be difficult to remember to drink enough water when you spend most of your time in one area, so write yourself notes, set reminders on your smartphone, or make a game out of staying hydrated every day.

Keeping a balanced diet may take more effort while in quarantine, but it’s worth it. Eating well is an easy and delicious way to keep you and your smile healthy throughout quarantine.

About the Practice

Our talented team of dentists at Allheart Dental is dedicated to improving your quality of life with a beautiful smile and excellent dental care. We’re proud to provide an array of services ranging from thorough dental cleanings to tooth replacements to get your oral health back on track. In this strange time, we are still committed to helping you achieve the flawless, confident smile you deserve, so please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns via our website and the phone numbers listed there.

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