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Holiday Treats That Are Good for Teeth

Candy canes, hot chocolate, and a few boozy beverages are common indulgences during the holiday season, but as you very well know, they aren’t so great for your teeth. But you don’t have to give up being festive just to maintain good oral health this holiday season! Below are some delicious holiday treats that also happen to be good for your teeth.

1. Peppermint Herbal Tea

‘Tis the season for all things peppermint! While candy canes and mints are loaded with cavity-causing sugar, a warm cup of peppermint tea without added sugar won’t harm your teeth one bit. Another added bonus: it can immediately freshen your breath!

2. Fresh Fruit

Ditch the sugary dried fruit and fruitcake and go for the fresh stuff this holiday season. Apples, pears, and berries are chock full of vitamins and fiber to support strong, clean teeth.

3. Nuts

Nuts contain protein, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, which are crucial for healthy teeth. They also happen to come in exciting seasonal mixes! You can even buy nuts unshelled with a nutcracker for some added holiday fun. Snack on almonds, pistachios, and walnuts for a tooth-friendly holiday treat.

4. Cheese

There are few who can resist a holiday cheese platter. Which is OK because cheese is loaded with calcium and phosphorus, both essential minerals for strong tooth enamel. But keep in mind that this doesn’t include excessively processed cheese like pre-packaged dips, American cheese, and cheese spray, which have less beneficial cheese content.

5. Crunchy Vegetables

Crunchy veggies like celery, carrots, and jicama help clean bacteria off of the surface of your teeth and stimulate blood flow in your gums. Other tooth-healthy veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, and bell peppers. Pair them with a healthy dip like hummus for a tasty holiday snack or appetizer.

Keep Your Smile Merry & Bright with Proper Preventive Care!

It’s okay to indulge in foods on your dentist’s naughty list this holiday season, as long as you eat them in moderation and stick to your regular dental routine of brushing and flossing every day. Be sure to also drink plenty of water to promote a healthy flow of saliva!

Give yourself the gift of outstanding oral health by scheduling biannual dental visits here at Wildflower Dental & Orthodontics. Contact us today!

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