The holidays are around the corner which means tons of sugar. From holiday cookies to pumpkin pie to eggnog, treats are everywhere. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, sugar is a massive contributor to cavities and tooth decay. So, to help bolster your oral health habits this season, we’ve assembled a few healthy holiday treats to bring to your neighbor’s party or put out on your own festive table.
Teeth-Friendly Treats for the Holidays 2021
Fruits With Low Acidity
Fruit can be a refreshing and welcome addition around the holidays. By choosing fruits with less acidity, you’re reducing acids that linger in your mouth, which can ultimately affect your teeth. Lower acid fruits include:
Want to create a piece that’s teeth-friendly and cute for the table? This recipe combines strawberries, bananas, grapes, and miniature marshmallows to create bite-sized Grinches, complete with a Santa hat!
Who doesn’t love a good slice of brie or cheddar cheese during this festive season? Luckily, cheese is a good source of calcium and phosphates and can also help strengthen tooth enamel. Moreover, this tasty snack actually helps reduce acidity in the mouth. That means, if you partake in foods with high acidity (such as wine or soft drinks), eating a bit of cheese can help balance your mouth’s pH.
This delicious appetizer doesn’t just look great on a holiday spread, it’s a trusted healthy holiday treat. Egg yolks are full of Vitamin D which works to help strengthen your teeth, fortifying them against cavities.
If you’re craving something sweet, dark chocolate is a good snack to go for. Keep an eye out for raw dark chocolate that hasn’t been processed—this means it has less sugar and more antioxidants! There is even some evidence that dark chocolate might help prevent cavities.
Did you know that chewing on raw vegetables such as peppers, celery, or carrots actually helps clean your teeth? It’s true! Eating these crunchy veggies also gives you a chance to enjoy some fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
Pro-Tip: Take Time to Brush
After you’re full of holiday treats, take two minutes to brush your teeth. Down the road, you’ll be glad you put in this extra time to take care of your oral health!
Don’t have time to brush your teeth? Drink a glass of water or eat a piece of raw vegetable (such as carrots) instead. This helps remove acid from the teeth, keeping them nice and healthy.
Let’s Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy
As with most things in life, moderation is key. We hope you get a slice or two of your favorite dessert, and keep these healthy holiday treats in mind, too.
If you think your teeth could use an inspection, our Dakota Dental team is here for you all year round. Schedule an appointment—let’s make sure your teeth are strong, clean, and healthy.
And remember: stay tuned to our blog for even more oral health habits!