It wouldn’t be much fun spending the holiday season avoiding treats, especially when everyone around you is enjoying them. In our last post, we discussed foods and beverages popular during the holiday season that you should avoid. For example, you should avoid candy canes, caramel popcorn and candied beets. But there is good news for those who want to indulge a little this holiday season. Lucky for you, there are holiday goodies that are relatively merciful on your teeth. Here are a few seasonal goodies and other foods that you can enjoy without feeling the guilt or having to pay a visit to your Torrance dental clinic.
Peppermint flavors are popular during the holiday season. But instead of eating candy canes or other peppermint candies, put a peppermint leaf into your water or hot tea.
Ginger has a bold flavor, which means many ginger recipes call for less sugar than other types of cakes and cookies. So serving gingerbread cookies is a great alternative.
Nuts contain a variety of nutrients like iron and magnesium and supply a healthy dose of calcium that helps keep teeth strong. Nuts also stimulate saliva, which keeps bacteria at bay. When it comes to eating nuts, the biggest decision you will have to make is to eat almonds or walnuts.
If there is a cheese platter at your next holiday party, go ahead and indulge. Cheese is antibacterial and has low pH levels, which makes your mouth a less acidic environment.
Vegetables like raw carrots and celery act as nature’s toothbrush. Consider all the good you are doing to your teeth and body when you are choosing vegetables over candy canes.
Apples are a fruit full of fiber and vitamins and work like tiny scrubbers that remove plaque from your teeth.
This holiday staple is a bird that is non-fermentable. Because of this, it battles cavity-causing reactions in your mouth. And the added protein pairs well with calcium to keep teeth strong.
Deviled eggs are a holiday favorite. Just like cheese, egg yolks are excellent sources of vitamin D and calcium, which strengthens teeth.
Once you have finished with holiday snacking, top it off with a stick of sugar-free gum. Chewing gum increases saliva flow and helps neutralize and wash away acids that are produced by the bacteria in your mouth. And as an added bonus, it will leave your breath minty fresh.