The golden Super Bowl will be held on Sunday, February 7th to determine the champion of the 2015 NFL season. As always, millions will gather with friends in front of the biggest TV screen they can find and watch the big game. While you’re enjoying the game, you can still protect your teeth by following these snacking tips.
Easy and Healthy Super Bowl Foods
A staple of most party platters, apples and carrots are a great way to rinse your teeth. Eating apples clean your teeth by increasing saliva flow in the mouth, which helps wash away the bacteria in your mouth that lead to tooth decay.
Raw veggies, like carrots and celery also require lots of chewing, which stimulates the gums, and if the dips on the tray are low in fat and sugars, it’s a double-win. Carrots also contain beta-carotene, which promotes strong teeth, and instead of potato chips, try reaching for the cucumber slices. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamins B and C, and have been shown to freshen breath and even whiten teeth! Also, look for the hummus in the food line, which is rich in folic acid that promotes cell growth throughout the body.
Other Healthy Snacks for Teeth
Luckily, if you want to stay tooth-friendly, you’re not limited to just veggies all day. Dairy products that don’t have sugar help teeth in a number of different ways. Cheese, especially goat cheese, is loaded with calcium and a protein called casein, which is effective in protecting the surface of your teeth.
Foods full of vitamins A, C and D as well as calcium and phosphorus are especially good for the teeth. Examples include beef, eggs, fish, potatoes, spinach, leafy green vegetables, beans, and poultry.
Other Tips for Football Fans
Finally, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the game. It’s the primary component of saliva, which protects the teeth against “acid attacks” caused by bacteria, and it’s indispensable as the final rinsing agent for foods and sugary drinks. It’s also a good way to pace yourself if you’re drinking alcoholic beverages during the game.
Be safe this year. Stick to these foods to keep your smile healthy throughout your celebrations and if you’re drinking, make sure you have a designated driver. Also, if it’s time for a regular dental exam, make an appointment today!