Serve This, Not That: Smile-Safe Holiday Foods! 

Who knew that even with your most favorite, beloved holiday treats and staples, there would be some alternative options to consider when your primary goal is eating without breaking your teeth or dealing with other issues? Smile safe yet delicious stuff, you ask? Yep. It’s possible. While practicing caution will always offer you a serious level of protection, our Columbia, TN team would still like to remind you that you can enjoy a smile safe holiday that’s even easier on your teeth, gums, and more, with just a little bit of forethought and creativity! Let’s get started with some examples to kick off the festivities!

Caramel Sauce And Apples! Not Candied Apples

What you might be visualizing as you think about decadent, inspired desserts to serve at your party? Candied apples. Some might even be sprinkled with hard nuts or peppermint pieces. It sounds divine. However, this is one of the worst things you can put out for your party guests, when it comes to smile safe treats. The hard, chewy candy can pull on teeth and dental work, can cause cracked teeth, and can saturate teeth in sugar. Enjoy the same flavors without the oral health threat by serving apple slices with caramel dipping sauce instead!

Unstuffed Olives, Shelled Nuts! Not Stuffed, In-Shell, Etc.

Olives stuffed with almonds on one plate and a bowl full of a beautiful sampling of holiday nuts in their gorgeous, deeply hued shells? It’s a lovely addition to your holiday spread. However, while this may be a lovely feast for the eyes, it’s not going to be a smile safe option for anyone’s teeth. Instead, consider offering a variety of pitted (nut-free) olives, as well as shelled nuts! You’re removing extra forms of resistance that can lead to cracked teeth. The result? Guests can fill up on delicious food, all while avoiding the upsetting need for sudden restorative care.

Deboned Meats! Not Bone-In!

If you’re placing meat on the table this year, we encourage you to do your best to serve deboned meat! That way, you’re not placing food on the table that seems like something one can sink his or her teeth into without the fear of damage. Remember, all it takes is a quick bite into a hard bone that someone doesn’t expect for a tooth to break! Take the smile safe route for optimal protection.

Promote A Holiday Feast Fit For Oral Health

Consider serving extra-safe entrees, snacks, and desserts for your feast this year, while you strive to ensure everyone visiting your table maintains optimal oral health! Have questions? Just let us know. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.