Healthy Snacking Ideas Over the Holidays

December is not known to be a month of healthy snacking. Between cookies and candies, office parties and family gatherings, it seems like something delicious is always around to snack on. But whether you’re watching what you eat for your weight or your general health, Dr. Jamsheed wants you to be conscious of what you put in your mouth for the sake of your dental health!

Navigating the Nosh

If you’ve found yourself at a holiday party without a clear plan for eating, use these tips to help keep your teeth healthy:

1) Limit the Sugar, Please! Sugar is the favorite snack of bacteria that cause plaque build up, gum inflammation, and tooth decay. If you do indulge, sip water with your snack, and brush your teeth soon after!

2) Cheese It Up! Not only does it fill the empty spot in your tummy, cheese is also great for your teeth. It helps your mouth produce saliva to cleanse the  palate, and studies show that the calcium and phosphates in cheese help restore the minerals lost to other, more acidic foods

3) Watch What You Drink. If you can’t stand water, choose a drink without added sugar. Also, remember that beverages like wine, soda, and coffee will stain; instead choose an unsweetened green or black tea to fight bacteria.

4) Snack Smart: Apples, carrots, and cucumbers among others, have a high fiber content. As you eat them, they naturally scrub away some of the residue of other food. But it’s not as good as a toothbrush, so make sure to give your teeth a good cleaning before turning in!


5) Schedule Your Cleaning! The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is slow for everyone; call Encino Dental Studio to schedule a post-holiday cleaning and start the New Year off right!

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