As college football season draws to a close, the Super Bowl looms on the horizon and March Madness is right around the corner. It seems like more and more sports fans are getting together to snack in front of the TV. Emergency dental work typically spikes as people turn to consuming popcorn, sticky and/or chewy foods, or ice as they absentmindedly watch sporting events. While it is tempting to stick to the perennial favorites, be sure to include these delicious, healthy snacks and recipes in your next game day party for better oral health.
Think of raw vegetables as nature’s toothbrushes. Not only do they stimulate saliva production which naturally lowers the pH in your mouth and prevents tooth decay, their texture works to clear plaque from between your teeth. Pair sweet peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and jicama with this great dip and avoid a trip to the office for dental work. Use this recipe for a great-tasting and healthy veggie dip for your Super Bowl party:
1 c sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
¾ c mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon finely minced green onion
1 Tablespoon finely chopped dill
1 Tablespoon finely chopped basil
½ t salt
¼ t black pepper
¼ t hot sauce
2 Dashes Worcestershire
1 clove garlic, finely minced
Mix and chill 2 hours before serving.
Everyone knows that cheese contains calcium and protein, essential for healthy teeth and gums. But eating cheese also lowers your risk of tooth decay. Pair a variety of cheeses with crackers, olives, almonds or apples for additional dental benefits. For an extra special cheese plate, include a soft cheese (like brie), a firm cheese (sharp cheddar or Gouda), and a ripened cheese (Gorgonzola or blue).
Diet gurus often say that if you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, you are not actually hungry. But that doesn’t mean apples can’t be brought to life with a few interesting additions. Construct a plate of “apple nachos” by thinly slicing apples and topping them with almond butter, flaked coconut and shaved chocolate for an extra special dessert platter. The texture of apples is ideal for plaque removal and the act of chewing stimulates saliva production that leads to lower incidences of tooth decay.
Just because it’s the Super Bowl doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your dental health. In case you do need that dental work, you can learn more about our dental work here. Give these snacks a shot on your next game day and save an emergency visit to your local dentist in Oregon City.