Who doesn’t want to spend the holidays with loved ones, indulging in good food while creating great memories? Unfortunately many holiday favorites are not only bad news for your waistline, they can also be bad for your oral health. Too much sugar can be especially problematic for teeth, potentially leading to cavities, gum disease and other dental issues. To avoid developing dental problems over this sweet Christmas season, here are some easy swaps to consider making during your holiday planning. Without sacrificing taste, you can keep your smile healthy during this festive season and beyond. It just takes some smart choices.
What Can I Snack on Instead of Cookies and Candy?
Whether you’re hosting holiday soirees, or just attending them, there are plenty of healthier snack alternatives to the traditional cookie platter.
- Chopped veggies are a great option, and adding a nutritious dip like hummus or peanut butter can help create a balanced snack that will keep you full enough to more easily pass up tempting treats.
- Fruits are another good addition to your holiday buffet, and they can definitely help satisfy even the sweetest of teeth.
- Just consider pairing fresh fruit with something filling, like a handful of nuts, or a no-sugar-added yogurt or cheese, which provides valuable nutrients like calcium and an added dose of protein, which helps satiate.
- If you’re not hungry, and inclined to snack just as a social act, keep a glass of water with you instead of a plate. It can keep you hydrated and help prevent you from mindless eating.
- Chewing sugar-free gum can be good for your smile, since it helps remove food particles. It’s also good for your breath, so when you’ve finished your plate, chew gum for a bit.