If you’re like most people, you love to indulge in sweets now and then, but you probably also care about your teeth and know it’s important to take care of them to maintain a bright, healthy smile. Sweet, sugary foods are bad for your teeth, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease. When sugar comes into contact with any plaque that may be present in your mouth, it forms an acid, and erodes the enamel on the surface of your teeth. This will eventually cause tooth decay.
Being your family dentist is important to us, and we know that it’s important to indulge that sweet tooth once in a while. Here are some recommendations from your dentist in St. Jacobs that can satisfy your cravings without compromising your oral health.
Fruit is a natural source of sugar. Yes, the sugar is still there, but it’s healthier sugar than the kind you find in ice cream or candy. When possible, opt for low-acid fruit like bananas and peaches.
We know, yogurt sure doesn’t sound sweet, but when you buy plain yogurt (avoid the flavoured stuff – it’s full of sugar), and add yummy things like fruit, nuts and a touch of natural honey, you’ve built yourself a tasty, healthy version of a sundae!
Homemade Ice Cream
We know, we just told you to avoid ice cream! But it’s easy to make a healthy, low sugar version of ice cream, and you can do it from home! Just peel, chop and freeze two bananas, take them out of the freezer and put them in a blender with about ¼ cup of natural nut butter (we like peanut or almond the best), and blend until it creates a smooth, creamy texture. It’s the easiest, healthiest ice cream you’ll ever find.
While we’re talking about frozen treats, let’s talk about popsicles. Forget the high-sugar version that you find in the grocery store. Just blend up some plain Greek yogurt with the fruit of your choice, pour the mixture into a popsicle mold, and freeze!
This one couldn’t be any easier. Chop up a banana, dip it in melted dark chocolate, stick it on a piece of parchment paper and freeze. There is actually very little chocolate on these, but that little bit you get is enough to satisfy the sweet tooth without doing much damage to your teeth.
Your family dentist in St. Jacobs does not expect you to avoid sweets altogether, but when you do reach for the sweets, keep these options in mind for a healthy alternative. Want to have your teeth checked out to make sure you’re starting from a place of good health? Call the team of experts at St. Jacobs dental care today.