Once winter hits, comfort foods seem to suddenly appear in our homes and offices. A snack here and there can easily turn to 10, and most people don’t think to brush their teeth or even drink water afterward. The good news is that there are many foods and snacks you can enjoy without ruining your teeth. Keep reading for ways to enjoy holiday foods that will keep your smile in great condition until your next visit with your family dentist in Greeley.
Make Charcuterie Boards
This display of delicious savory snacks is usually the perfect combination of smile-friendly foods. Cheeses like Colby-Jack, cheddar and brie are excellent sources of calcium and vitamin K, which are both great for tooth enamel. Meats like turkey, salami and even smoked salmon all contain vitamin D, phosphorus and other minerals that help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Olives are rich in Omega-3 Fatty acids that help prevent gum disease! Add grapes, which have a natural compound that can strengthen your teeth, and you’ve got a wide array of foods that are great for your body and your smile!
Snack on Nuts
Warm roasted nuts are a holiday favorite, and they’re great for your dental health! They are full of magnesium, iron and calcium. Crunching on them will also stimulate saliva, which will keep cavity-causing bacteria at bay. Adding cinnamon is a great idea, as this particular spice is antimicrobial, antifungal and can help fight tooth decay! Now all you have to do is decide whether you want to roast almonds or walnuts!
Sweet potatoes contain potassium, which improves bone density, and magnesium to help your body absorb calcium. They’re also full of Thiamine and Niacin that can both decrease tooth decay. Instead of marshmallows and sugar, you may consider simply using cinnamon and manuka honey to sweeten them. Manuka honey has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s definitely a great addition to your dish!
Drink Plenty of Water
During the holidays, there seems to be a constant flow of soda and wine, but both of these can damage your teeth. Instead of soda, try flavored sparkling water. It has less acid and sugar than soda but can still give you the satisfying fizz of a carbonated beverage. If you love wine, try to make sure you drink water to stay hydrated and to keep it from staining your teeth.
Don’t let a few bad diet choices damage your oral health. You can still have fun with family and friends, just make sure you choose your foods carefully.
About the Practice
At Greeley Complete Dentistry, Drs. Mark Smith and Blake Cure are committed to providing their patients with efficient, effective dental care. Dr. Smith received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1988 and has been transforming smiles in Greeley ever since. Dr. Cure completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and joined Dr. Smith’s practice in 2017. Together, they offer a wide range of services that include general cleanings and checkups, restorative treatments and more. If it’s time for a dental cleaning, contact the office at (970) 356-7474 or visit the website to schedule your visit today.