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Do you ever find yourself snacking throughout the day? If you do, you probably know that sugary or starchy foods could hurt your teeth, but would you be surprised to learn that how and when you eat could cause trouble?

One problem is that acid can form in your mouth after you eat and weaken your enamel—which is the outer layer of your smile. This acid can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. And sadly, the more you often you eat, the more acids your teeth will be exposed to.

Fortunately, it only takes about twenty minutes for the acid in your mouth to be neutralized. However, if your smile is constantly exposed to these harmful acids, you could ultimately have to deal with tooth decay—which, if left untreated, could ultimately lead to the need for root canal therapy, the need to pull a tooth, or even sensitive teeth.

However, snacking isn’t necessarily bad for your teeth, if done in moderation. Similarly, choosing healthy snacks, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole-grain crackers, and cheese can help.

If you are interested in learning more about snacking, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 818-641-5577. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz and out team look forward to hearing from you.