The holiday season goes hand-in-hand with indulgence. While it’s perfectly okay to enjoy a few festive treats, it’s important to choose foods that are good for your oral health too. The good news is that there are plenty of delicious and nutritious holiday foods that can actually help protect your smile. Today, we wanted to explore those tooth-friendly choices, so you know what to select at the next holiday party.

Crunchy Vegetables

Vegetables are a dental health superstar. During the holidays, there’s no shortage of options. You are likely to find plenty of raw veggies sliced for you on a serving platter. Carrots, celery, and broccoli are not only rich in essential nutrients but are also crunchy and fibrous, which can help clean your teeth and stimulate saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria that put your smile at risk. So, incorporate this into your holiday meal or make it your go-to choice at the next party.

Nuts

There are a variety of nuts that are great for your teeth. Varieties like almonds, walnuts, and cashews are packed with essential nutrients, such as calcium and phosphorus, essential nutrients for strengthening tooth enamel. Chewing nuts can also help clean away food particles and plaque from your teeth. Just be mindful of portion control, as they can be high in calories. Also, avoid any that have added sugar because that puts your teeth at risk.

Cheese

Cheese lovers, rejoice! This calcium-rich snack is an excellent choice for dental health. It’s rich in other nutrients such as phosphate, which help remineralize tooth enamel and strengthens your teeth. Additionally, cheese can raise the pH levels in your mouth, reducing the risk of acid erosion. So, next time you’re at a holiday party, reach for a cheese platter. Or make sure to take a big helping of mac and cheese.

Lean Proteins

There are plenty of protein sources like turkey, chicken, and lean cuts of beef available during holiday feasts. These protein-rich choices are lower in sugar than many other holiday dishes and promote saliva production. They are also packed with phosphorus, which works in tandem with calcium to protect your teeth. So, feel free to enjoy plenty of turkey legs this time of year!

Cranberries

Cranberries, when consumed in moderation, can offer some major dental benefits. They contain compounds that may help stop the growth of bacteria responsible for plaque and gum disease. However, cranberry dishes are often laden with sugar, so choose fresh cranberries or unsweetened cranberry juice to enjoy their potential oral health benefits. Plus, since they are acidic, wait at least 30 minutes before you brush your teeth after indulging.

Pumpkin Pie

Yes, you can enjoy some pumpkin pie, but remember to do so in moderation. While it’s a delicious holiday treat, it does contain sugar, which can be detrimental to dental health. Limit your portions and avoid adding sugary toppings like whipped cream or ice cream. Also, follow it up by practicing your regular oral hygiene.

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