New Year’s Eve is the last big bang of the year. As the holiday season comes to an end, all of your friends and loved ones will come together to celebrate the last night of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. A new year for many people means new goals to set and achieve.
Choosing what dish to bring to a new year’s party can be difficult. After a full month of cookies and pie, cheeses and meatballs, it seems like every option has been worn out. Try making a dish that coincides with your personal goals for the new year.
If your plan is to lose weight, bring a vegetable plate. If your plan is to increase your oral health, check out these quick dishes that will blow everyone away while making your teeth healthy and stronger to endure another year.
According to the American Dental Association, dairy products are great for overall bone strength, especially your teeth. Cheese has been found to have anti-cavity properties by increasing the pH level in your mouth. It is also possible for cheese to stick to tooth enamel but it’s properties protect the tooth, unlike sugar which sticks to the enamel, turns to acid and erodes the tooth. In addition, eating cheese increases the amount of saliva production which is a key component of keep up good oral hygiene.
Crackers with Jam
Sometimes a simple appetizer is the most popular. After eating heavy snacks all season, people are delighted to see a light, quick bite with no more fatty holiday food guilt. Put together an assortment of wheat crackers with a jam dip made with real fruit. Whole grains are extremely good for your oral health, due to their ability to lower blood sugar levels which prevents gum inflammation and even periodontitis (gum disease). The natural sugars in fresh fruit are a great way to have the satisfaction of eating sweets without the downfalls of “free sugars” or added sugars. Fruit is said to decrease the likelihood of decay.
Smoked Salmon Platter
If you’re looking for a light, filling snack that can sub for an actual meal, consider smoking a large salmon filet and pairing it with whole grain crackers, cream cheese spread and capers. Fatty fish like salmon or mackerel, contain omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids which are known to prevent inflammation-induced tissue and bone loss, symptoms associated with periodontal disease.
The holiday season doesn’t always have to be about indulging in over the top appetizers and drinks. Consider these trays to bring to your next party as a healthy alternative that can increase your oral health. If you are looking for more ways to strengthen your teeth, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas to set up a cleaning and prevention appointment.