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“Tooth Friendly” Foods to Watch for This Christmas.

It’s the holiday season and food and drink will be abundant in many households. While a little indulgence is inevitable here are some tips about “tooth friendly” foods you can choose from the buffet table.

1. Cheese is rich in calcium (which is just plain good for your teeth and bones) and it balances the PH in your mouth, helping to neutralize the effects of acidic beverages like hard liquor, wine, beer (PH around 4, sweet wines are more acidic) and soft drinks (PH around 2.5, FYI battery acid is PH 1).
2. Nuts have vitamins and minerals to help keep gums healthy. Almonds have the least calories, along with, surprise, surprise, cashews and pistachios. Raw or dry roasted nuts are better than those roasted in oil as the oil is often rancid by the time they get to you plus it adds more calories.
3. Vegetables (AKA Crudites) like broccoli and carrot sticks contain Vit. A, it helps strengthen tooth enamel so have at those veggie trays with abandon! Unfortunately there will probably not be a lineup like there will be at the dessert table.
4. Turkey is a great source of protein and rich in phosphorus, both help fight tooth decay. Who knew that snacking on some lean turkey is good for your teeth?
5. Fruit can be acidic and it is sweet but it is still better than sugary desserts like cake, pie and sticky toffee pudding. Pick your battles when it comes to desserts. Have a taste of your favourites, finish up with fruit and have a nice glass of water when you’re done.

Instead of leaving platters of food out all day why not put everything away after the meal and leave out some cheese and fresh fruit for grazing. And plan some activities so the whole day is not focussed on food. Bring out the board games and card games, a tournament for world champion cribbage player might be in order or a cut throat game of monopoly. Get out for a walk, watch a movie, make your own fun and you will put food in perspective for the day.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Dogwood Dental Health Center!