The holiday season is here. That probably means there are few parties on the calendar, which likely means… party food. Unfortunately, some of that is probably not great for your teeth, such as Christmas cookies, candy canes and sweet beverages. But you already know that. Did you also know that there are foods you can enjoy that will actually benefit your smile? Read on to find out what your Caldwell dentist at D & G Dental recommends for optimal dental health.
Milk. When you leave out milk and cookies for Santa Claus this year, pour yourself a glass, too. Drinking milk provides the calcium that teeth and bones need to be strong. And while milk does have sugar, it’s lactose, which is the least damaging to teeth. Can’t resist the cookies? Drinking a glass of milk along with sweets can help to protect your teeth.
Cheese. Cheese trays are a popular party treat and they are a great way to enjoy yourself and eat healthy. Like milk, cheese has calcium. Particularly beneficial are cheeses that contain probiotics, such as blue cheese, Brie or Camembert. And if you’re having wine or beer at the party, nibble on cheeses to counteract the acidity in alcoholic beverages.
Crunchy fruits and vegetables. These are not only good for your diet, they’re good for your teeth, too. Apples, carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, snap peas and the like all scrub your teeth clean as you chew. Fruits and vegetables also stimulate saliva flow, which boosts the alkalinity in your mouth and protects your teeth from expose to cavity causing acid. Bear in mind, however, that some fruits are acidic and they all contain sugars, so a thorough brushing and flossing will be necessary after the party.
Leafy greens. Kale and spinach have become popular and not only because they are a tasty source of so many vitamins and minerals; they contain calcium as well as folic acid. Both can be prepared a variety of ways. Have you tried kale chips? Rinse and dry kale leaves, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with season salt. Then bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Delicious and healthy!
Water. While you may be more likely to imbibe the bubbly this New Years, water should be your fall back beverage. Water washes away food particles and bacteria and increases saliva production.
Call Your Caldwell Dentist Today
For more tips on how to eat healthy this holiday season, or to schedule a dental cleaning in Caldwell, contact the office of D & G Dental. We have offices in Caldwell and West Orange, NJ to serve you better!