Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth The Healthy Way

Everyone loves a good sweet snack once in a while, but unfortunately, that includes the bacteria in our mouths. Those little germs’ favorite food in the world is sugary treats, and the more sugar they get, the more they put our teeth at risk of tooth decay. So how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without giving your harmful oral bacteria a treat? By snacking healthy! A Few Healthy Treats To Enjoy Sometimes it seems like the healthy snacks are the ones that take longer to make or cost more, but that isn’t always true! So before you reach for that jelly-filled doughnut or bowl of ice cream, take a look at some of these quick, affordable, tasty options that are better for your teeth: Coconut whipped cream with strawberries. Coconuts are exceptional bacteria killers and they can also reduce the amount of plaque build up, and strawberries are great for scrubbing away plaque too! Coconut whipped cream is a great substitute for dairy whipped cream because it’s low in sugar and high in healthy fats.Frozen dark chocolate bananas. This treat is great because bananas are full of important nutrients that help keep teeth and gums strong, and dark chocolate is good for your teeth too. (You could also switch things up and put the coconut whipped cream on the bananas and the dark chocolate on the strawberries!)Fruit smoothies with yogurt and applesauce. Toss your favorite fruits in a blender, but instead of adding sugar or ice cream, use unsweetened applesauce and frozen yogurt for a refreshing smoothie that is low in sugar!Yogurt and granola. Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics. Crowd out that harmful bacteria in your mouth with the good bacteria in yogurt. Yogurt is also a great source of calcium for building strong teeth.Fruit Bowls. You can never go wrong by throwing together a bowl of berries and sliced fruit. While fruit does contain natural sugar, eating it whole is much healthier than drinking fruit juice (which isn’t much better for your teeth than soda). The fiber in the whole fruit makes it harder for the sugar to reach your teeth (or your digestive system!), and you get all the great vitamins too!

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Happy Fall!

Its autumn time and we want you to “fall” into some good oral health habits! Here are some great tips for brushing up (no pun intended) on your healthy mouth routine. Fall is a great time to get cozy around a campfire.  Instead of loading up on s’mores around the campfire (filled with sugar that could be damaging to teeth) try this alternative, the “banana s’more”: “Peel a banana on one side and stuff it with fillings like dark chocolate chips and chopped nuts.  Wrap the stuffed banana in foil and roast it over the campfire for about five minutes, then cool and enjoy!” Wow.  Not only does that sound healthy, its also sounds amazingly yummy!  Excuse me while I go try that! Ok, I’m back.  Let me tell you, that was messy, but sooo delicious!  You’ve got to try that! Fall is also the time when we get back into the swing of things with sports. “If you or your child will be playing sports this fall, make sure there’s a mouth guard on hand…It can help prevent chipped, broken or lost teeth.  Consider getting one before your annual “touch” Thanksgiving football game.  You know someone always ends up tackling!” We are firm believers and advocate in the benefits of a properly fitted nightguard. Call the office for an appointment to get one today! “Whether they’re lemon, golden or ochre, watching leaves change color in the fall is a pastime many people enjoy. But the same can’t be said for yellowing teeth. To prevent stains and discoloration from foods, beverages or smoking, talk to your dentist about whitening options. From in-office bleaching sessions to over-the-counter whitening products, your dentist will have insight on the best method for your teeth.”  It is fast, easy and won’t break the bank.  And with the holiday season right around the corner, now is a good time to invest in your smile so you will be ready for all of the coming get -togethers.  Give the office a call today to to make your appointment! We hope you enjoy this fun season of the year!

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