HOLIDAY TREATS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH
The holiday season is upon us, and everywhere you look, delicious food is on the menu. However, it's not just your waistline that could suffer from overindulgence. Hard candies and carbonated beverages aren’t exactly the top items on your teeth’s wish list. Even the classic eggnog can do a number on your smile. Luckily, some seasonal treats are actually good for your teeth. If you’re looking for the best snacks of the holidays, here are some items you can put on the “nice” list. NUTS We don’t just mean chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Packed with magnesium and iron, holiday favorites like almonds and walnuts provide the nutrients your body needs. Plus, the extra dose of calcium will help keep your teeth strong. PEPPERMINT Peppermint candy canes are horrible for your teeth. If you bite down on hard candy, you risk chipping a tooth, but if you suck on them, you expose your teeth to the sugar for a lot
longer. That said, you don’t have to ditch the minty goodness completely. In fact, a little peppermint is actually good for you. A little low-sugar peppermint tea will freshen your breath, help with indigestion, and take the stress out of the busy holiday season. CHEESE Cheese is antibacterial and has a low pH level, which means eating a few slices can help reduce the acidity of your mouth. And, much like nuts, the extra calcium in cheese is great for your teeth. Now, this isn’t the green light to polish off Aunt Sue’s entire holiday cheese ball. But when you pass the cheese plate at your next New Year’s party, feel free to grab an extra slice of cheddar. ’Tis the season for good eating. While many of your holiday favorites might make your dentist’s “naughty” list, others (like the ones above) can help ensure your teeth are in good shape for the new year.
HART FAMILY FAVORITE: SPICED PEARS AND POMEGRANATE SALAD
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This is a Hart family favorite that we make year after year during the holiday season!
• 3 pears, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges • 1 pomegranate, skin and pale membrane removed • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Place sliced pears and pomegranate seeds into a bowl. 2. Toss with lemon juice to coat. Combine brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small cup or bowl, then mix with fruit.
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