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You can’t beat tradition, especially on Christmas Eve. Santa’s milk and cookies are timeless holiday treats for the big man in red. But how much good are they doing for his teeth? All the calcium in milk is great for strengthening tooth enamel, but the sugar in those cookies is feeding the bacteria in Santa’s mouth. Mrs. Claus sure doesn’t want Santa to come back to the North Pole with cavities! Here are 5 great alternatives to those sugary holiday cookies.
Carrots don’t just have to be the treat you put out for the reindeer! These veggies are loaded with vitamins that are good for more than just your teeth. Santa will love to have a snack that he can share with his hard-working team!
There are lots of muffins recipes floating around that substitute bananas or unsweetened applesauce for all the sugar normally in baked goods. After Santa tastes these healthier alternatives, he sure won’t miss the cookies you put out for him in years past. Reducing the amount of sugar in your holiday treats is a great way to protect your teeth.
Milk chocolate often includes a lot of sugar that the bacteria in your mouth love to eat for a snack. Did you know that dark chocolate has a lot less sugar and a lot more flavor? A little bite of dark chocolate goes a long way for your sweet tooth while still reducing the amount of food for those bacteria.
This salty & sweet snack is just what Santa’s looking for when he stops to deliver presents to your family’s tree. Especially if you’re using the dark chocolate we mentioned before, this treat keeps sugar low while still satisfying every sweet tooth in the house.
Start a new holiday tradition that doesn’t involve cookies on Christmas Eve, like writing a letter to Santa or unwrapping the first gift from under the tree. Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean you need to give up on your teeth-healthy habits! Finding another activity that gets your house ready for Santa can be just as exciting as those Christmas cookies once were.
With all the warmth and cheer of the holidays, it’s easy to forget about taking care of your teeth. If you go a little overboard on the holiday treats, Dr. Carter and her team will be here for you in the new year! In the meantime, plan ahead and find ways to protect your teeth from those sweets.