The holiday season means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but one thing it always means is plenty of get-togethers, holiday gatherings, office parties, school assemblies, and even neighborhood events. And one thing all of those have in common—besides a preponderance of festive holiday sweaters—is food.
Here at your Overland Park dental office, we know how easy it is to get in trouble with certain holiday foods this time of year. There are so many sweet treats that may taste delicious but are bad for your teeth, your health, and your diet.
Candy canes and eggnog and fudge seem to be everywhere. And while most of these things are okay in moderation, there are a few foods that are often served at holiday parties that are not only not bad for your teeth, they may actually be good for them!
If you find yourself out at a holiday gathering and you’re forced to choose between candy canes and fudge or some of the foods on this list, picking these foods will be doing your teeth a great holiday service.
Of course, while these foods have certain properties that help make them beneficial for your teeth, they—like everything—should be enjoyed only in moderation!
- Cheese. Cheese is full of calcium, which can be great for healthy bones and teeth! Be on the lookout for low-fat products.
- Nuts. Mixed nuts are a popular holiday staple, and they’re filling and packed with nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats!
- Raw cut vegetables. Veggies such as raw celery and carrots are nature’s toothbrush. These crispy, fibrous vegetables actually help to scrub your teeth as you eat them. Just go easy on the dip.
- Sliced turkey. If your party has a meat tray, go for lean proteins such as turkey. Turkey contains phosphorous, which works in tandem with calcium to help produce strong bones and teeth.
- Hummus and cucumber. Hummus is a great source of healthy fats and plant-based protein, not to mention folic acid, which helps to keep your mouth healthy by promoting cell growth throughout your body. The cucumber is just the delivery vehicle, and it’s preferable to carb-loaded breads because it’s mostly water.
- Crunchy fruits. Fruits such as apples and pears work a lot like the carrots and celery we mentioned above.
- Sweet potatoes. They’re a staple on most Thanksgiving tables. Fortunately, they’re also rich in Vitamins B and C, not to mention beta carotene. Go easy on the butter and brown sugar, though.
- Leafy greens. Don’t skip that green salad. Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are low in calories and high in vitamins.
Even your Overland Park dentist knows that indulging in not-so-healthy treats is a big part of the holiday season. Go ahead and treat yourself to that piece of fudge or that small glass of eggnog, too. Just be sure to brush your teeth and floss when you get home from the party, and don’t forget regular visits to see Watts Family Dental!
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