During the winter season, we tend to see patients become less conscious about their dental health. Escaping the cold weather, spending hours in front of the television watching football, and being with family all prompt these habits. Thankfully, there are many ways to satisfy the food cravings you may have while still keeping your mouth happy.
Replace Dips and Chips with Cheese and Nuts
The appetizer dish is where dental consciousness should begin. When we choose appetizers we tend to go straight to the carb-filled options. Unfortunately, these carbs linger in your mouth and break down into simple sugars, making them almost as unhealthy for your teeth as candy. Instead of reaching for the starchy potato chips, put together a cheese and nut plate to pick at. Cheese is great for your teeth because it is filled with calcium, to make your teeth stronger, while crunchy foods, like nuts, create more saliva production, reducing the risk of cavities.
Munch on Colorful & Raw Veggies
Fill your plate with a rainbow of crunchy vegetables to fight against cavities and keep teeth strong. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are high in calcium and contain minerals that protect. Celery and carrots are a good source of vitamin C, which fights to protect your gums, and vitamin A, which fights to keep mucous membranes healthy and prevent dry mouth.
Balance Acidic Beverages with Water
Two of the most beloved sips of winter, wine and cranberry juice, contain high amounts of acidity, which soften the enamel and make it more vulnerable to decay. We understand cutting these cold-weather favorites completely would be a difficult venture, so we recommend lessening the impact of decay by occasionally taking bites of food and sips of water while you indulge.
We hope you enjoy your winter spent eating food that keeps your tummy and smile warm. If you have any questions regarding healthy alternatives to your recipes, give us a call at 952-888-1311 and we will be happy to give you recommendations.