The urge for midnight snacks can be tough to ignore for some people, especially the ones who are currently dieting. Other contributing factors to late-night snacking include insomnia, stress, or simply boredom.
Unfortunately, midnight snacking has been shown to contribute to cholesterol levels, insulin levels, weight gain, and other health problems. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that late-night snacks can also contribute to problems with dental health.
Midnight snacking has been proven to cause dental cavities and tooth decay. The severity of these problems depends on what you’re snacking on and how important your dental hygiene habits are to you. You should be flossing every day and brushing every morning and evening. Bedtime brushing is the most important, because during sleep your saliva production slows, providing an ideal environment for bacteria on the teeth. Allowing sugary snacks to sit on the teeth all night will eat away at the enamel, causing all sorts of problems.
Below are a few tips to overcome the need for midnight snacks:
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