Christmas treats are often sweet and sugary, but some can be good for you! It’s never too late to start some new, healthier traditions. They might just become your new favorites! Here are some ideas for Christmas treats that are good for your teeth.
The Problem with Sweets
Before we talk about Christmas treats that are good for your teeth, let’s talk about the problem with sweets.
Sweets can be tough on your teeth because of the high amounts of sugar they typically contain. Sugar can negatively impact your teeth because sugar feeds the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth, which in turn produces acid. The acidic environment created by eating extra sugar can cause erosion or decay to your dental enamel, leading to cavities.
That’s why dentists often recommend limiting your sugar intake and brushing your teeth well after you enjoy sweet treats!
Traditions are Important
Many of our favorite holiday traditions revolve around favorite foods, so finding Christmas treats that are good for your teeth is important! You want to create memories for your family and friends and food is a great way to do that. So, let’s talk about how to create healthy new holiday traditions that are sure to make your crew smile — and keep their smile healthy, too!
Creating Healthy Traditions
When you plan the food for holiday get-togethers and celebrations, try to choose foods that don’t just avoid added sugar, but also pack in nutrients that support dental health.
Dairy contains lots of calcium and vitamins, so a cheese board is an excellent option. Crisp foods like popcorn and fresh apples work to scrub your teeth clean while you eat so homemade popcorn or fresh apples and cream cheese dip are also great options. Hot tea can be a great way to add antioxidants and naturally-occurring minerals like fluoride to your diet.
As you begin to plan healthy new holiday traditions, you’ll soon discover that there are so many more healthy and delicious options than you thought!
Call our Scottsdale Dental Office, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.