The holidays are here and that means so are the sweet treats we all love to enjoy. However, all the added sugar in these treats can add up to big problems for your dental health. Instead of risking a trip to the dentist this holiday season, opt for some healthier options to indulge in instead. Your teeth and your waistline will thank you for it! Here are a few favorites from the best dentist in North Raleigh!
Get Festive with Your Healthy Snacks | Best Dentist in North Raleigh
No one says that healthy treats have to be boring. Black olive penguins are both adorable and delicious. Make these cuties by stuffing colossal pitted black olives with cream cheese and stacking another smaller black olive on top. Use a toothpick to help hold the olives together. Complete the penguin with a sliver of carrot for his beak and a green onion end for his scarf. Cream cheese is full of calcium which is great for your teeth, and crunchy foods like carrots can help keep your teeth strong.
Not a fan of black olives? Don’t worry! Cheesy Reindeer also pack a big dose of calcium and score high on the cuteness scale. Choose your favorite soft cheese wedge to make the reindeer head and mini pretzels as antlers. Create eyes by using a juice-box straw to punch out tiny circles from black olives and a larger straw to cut a circle out of red pepper or mini pepperonis for the nose. Another win for your teeth, this snack is high in calcium and delicious.
Vitamin D is needed to help carry and deposit calcium in the bones that support your teeth. Get an extra dose of this critical vitamin with hardboiled egg snowmen. To make these cute and tasty treats you’ll need two hardboiled eggs per snowman, carrots, peppercorns, and parsley. Stack hardboiled eggs on top of each other and use extra long toothpicks to hold them in place. Add thin circles of carrot to the top to create a top hat. Use one larger circle and one smaller circle to achieve the layered look. Peppercorns can be pushed into the egg to create the snowman’s eyes, mouth, and buttons. Use a sliver of carrot for his nose. Finish the snowman with parsley arms and watch them disappear faster than you can say Frosty the Snowman.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Need a sweet snack without all the sugar? Make Grinch Poppers. Cut the tops off of strawberries as the red section of your Santa hat and use banana slices to make the white edge of the hat and the fuzzy ball on the tip of the hat. With a toothpick, attach the stacked banana and strawberry to a large green grape and create a fun and healthy treat! Get your kids in on the action by having them slice the bananas with a small, plastic knife.
While it may not be possible to avoid the temptation of all the holiday sweets this season, keep these tips in mind if you choose to indulge. Choose sweets like chocolate, cookies or cakes over sticky treats like caramels or hard candies. After you have eaten, rinse your mouth with water to help flush remaining sugar and small particles which can be a breeding ground for bacteria and tooth decay.
Don’t forget to use your dental benefits before they run out at the end of the year! Call to schedule your cleaning and screening appointment now. Dr. Katherine Garrett, the best dentist in North Raleigh, is proud to provide dental care for the entire family and offers custom mouthguards, teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry.