There are some ways to experience the snacks, meals, and desserts you go crazy for each fall that will certainly not serve your oral health well. This, of course, might make you feel a bit sad and nostalgic for the days of childhood, when you simply didn’t care! However, now you’re a grown-up, you really want pumpkin pie but you also know that there’s probably much more to this season than you’re considering. There is! Our Southlake, TX team encourages you to think about replacing some favorites with much more smile friendly alternatives and save the stuff that’s not so safe for special occasions instead!
Choose Apple Slices Not Apple Cider
Remember that part of keeping your smile safe means doing what you can to limit acidic foods and beverages! Why? Well, because they can contribute to the slow by steady breakdown of your outer tooth tissue layer, called enamel. We call this acid erosion. This weakens your teeth and paves the way for the faster development of additional problems like tooth decay and staining. It can leave you with some very sensitive teeth, as well! When we’re discussing fall favorites, it’s important to keep in mind that apple cider is highly acidic (add an orange slice and it’s off the charts)! So, when you’re craving apples, go ahead and eat them instead. Slice one up, and enjoy this water- and fiber-filled fruit, which is much safer for your oral health!
Eat Pumpkin Seeds Not Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin spice? It’s not pumpkin and it’s not providing any advantages to your oral health. Skip the spice and eat pumpkin seeds instead, if you’re feeling snacky. They offer a big dose of calcium, zinc, and more good-for-you nutrients.
Enjoy Fiery Hued Veggies Not Junk Food!
We remind you that you are most certainly going to suddenly have access to tons of pastries, candies, and more that are loaded with sugar and that put a very big smile on your face! They’ll likely be thoughtfully made in all of the fiery tones of fall. They’ll probably be flavored to taste like fall, too! When you’re feeling drawn to the visual delight that often comes with seasonal favorites, we urge you to skip the junk (it’s bad for your oral health and your general health, too) and to load up on all that nature offers! Seek out those warm, earthy, fall harvest colors for a plate full of foods that are amazing for you! Pumpkin, sweet potato, strawberries, peppers, squash, carrots, blackberries, cranberries, and figs! See? Gorgeous and good for you!
Make Autumn Safe For Your Smile
Indulge in all that fall has to offer by considering foods, treats, and more that are beneficial for your smile, rather than bad for your oral health. Gather ideas and tips, when you see us for your next visit! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.