During the holidays, you may find yourself tempted by food that is high in fat, sugar, and calories. While these foods might be delicious, they can harm your oral (and overall) health. Fortunately, there are ways of balancing healthy and unhealthy so you can still enjoy all the festive treats without too much worry.
Cheese is a good way to keep your teeth healthy, so be sure to keep that cheese board well-supplied! Cheese contains calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth. It also contains a protein called casein. Casein prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth and helps to remineralise the surface of your teeth. Indeed, casein is particularly effective at fortifying tooth enamel, meaning that your teeth will be stronger and more resistant to harmful bacteria.
We know that this can be a little controversial, but honestly? We love Brussels sprouts! Brussels sprouts are a holiday staple that can help you have a healthier mouth and teeth. They are part of the cruciferous vegetable family and are rich in fibre, phosphorus, zinc, and choline. These nutrients help build stronger teeth and bones. These vegetables are also packed with antioxidants and contain vitamins A and C, which help fight infections and promote new cell growth. They are also a good source of vitamin K, which is needed to build bones and maintain bone density.
For tasty treats that are good for your teeth, you can’t go wrong with deviled eggs. These classic appetizers are not only delicious, but they also contain phosphorous. Phosphorous is good for your teeth as it promotes the growth of tooth enamel, the protective covering that keeps your teeth safe from erosion or other damage.
During the holiday season, there are plenty of treats, both festive and otherwise, to keep your mouth happy. The good news is that many of these items are good for your teeth, especially if you know how to prepare them. The bad news is that many of these items are also full of sugar and can cause dental problems.
If you’re looking for festive foods that are good for your teeth, it’s best to choose foods that are high in vitamin C and calcium. These nutrients can help improve your gum health and prevent tooth decay. Fruit is a great option for sweet and delicious snacking during the holidays.
Another festive food that is good for your teeth is dark chocolate. This treat has significantly less sugar than milk chocolate. It also contains polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Polyphenols help slow the growth of plaque.
Chewing gum is a great way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This can help reduce the amount of sugar and harmful acids in your mouth. In addition, you can help prevent cavities by chewing sugar-free gum.
We want all of our patients to have a pain-free festive season! To make sure you’re headed into the new year with great teeth and a beautiful smile, be sure to schedule your last appointment for the year. If time is just too tight and you can’t quite squeeze us in, come on in and see us for a check-up and cleaning in January! We provide a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services, including veneers, whitening treatments, crowns, extractions, and more.
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