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The holiday season brings with it parties and feasts that you just can’t say no to! After a whole year of cautious eating and all that effort to stay in shape, it’s tempting to just let loose and indulge in all those sinful goodies. And sure you might not mind those extra calories, but don’t forget to think about the harm to your teeth or gums. You don’t want to be celebrating a few years down the road in dentures! Thank goodness for this list of foods you can enjoy without harming your teeth or gums! Especially if you’re hosting a party for family and friends, check this list when planning the perfect holiday menu!

Sugar-Free Cakes

Sugar, especially processed sugar, can cause a major buildup of plaque and tartar, and quickly lead to multiple cavities and tooth decay, so don’t go overboard with this! But it doesn’t mean you have to settle for yummy-less snacks. The good news is that there are many natural sweet/sugar-free alternatives out there to turn to that taste just as great. When making a log cake or cookies for Christmas, why not use stevia, honey or agave nectar instead? It’s a great opportunity to explore new recipes you’ve never tried before, plus the kids will love it and they won’t even know they’re sugar-free!

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Eggs

While you might want to skip the egg nog because of the amount of sugar it contains, don’t diss eggs! Eggs are little Christmas packages packed with super nutrition, without any fear at all of them harming your teeth. And it doesn’t have to be boring. Think about all the creative things you can do with eggs: Christmas tree cut-outs from omelettes, boiled eggs dressed as snowmen, or even egg penguins! Even kids who don’t usually like eating eggs will be won over by these.

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Popcorn

Maybe you’re having friends over for an adult sleepover plus movie marathon. It’s the perfect setting for popcorn of course! Popcorn is actually really healthy because it’s made of 100% whole grain which means lots of fibre for your body. Studies have also shown that it could contain more antioxidant polyphenols than fruit. But don’t grab that microwave popcorn! Those are drowned in sugar and fat and are totally a nutritional nightmare. What’s better for your body and your teeth, are air-popped or stovetop popcorn. Dress up plain popcorn with a dash of cinnamon if you like!

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Good drinks

Most alcoholic drinks contain a lot of harmful sugar, but red wine on the other hand doesn’t contain a whole lot of sugar, and it’s full of antioxidants! You don’t even need an excuse for this one. When drinks are offered at a party, go ahead and have a red wine. Don’t down too many though, red wine does contain a fair amount of acidity. Of course, if you don’t feel like an alcoholic drink, water, low-sugar vegetable juices and plain milk are always good options. Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D which in turn strengthens your bones and teeth. This wasn’t just as a kid, it’s still good for you now!

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Healthy snacks

Snacks abound this season! But healthy snack alternatives are all around too, if you just look. Cheese amd small pieces of fruit make great choices throughout the day. Cheese actually protects teeth enamel and reduces the acidity in your mouth to a good pH level! In fact, if your family leaves a plate of cookies for Santa on the night of Christmas Eve, why not get the kids to leave a plate of strawberries instead next to that glass of milk? What a healthy surprise for Santa! ;)

Enjoy the feasting this holiday season but always remember to nom in moderation and choose healthy when you can! While you can do all you can to choose foods that don’t harm your teeth, don’t forget the big role dental products play in good oral health. Happy holidays!