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The holidays are upon us! With them comes a plethora of goodies and great food. You don’t want to ruin your holiday plans by breaking a bracket or wire. How can you keep your mouth healthy while still enjoying the season? Along with consistent oral hygiene habits, eating the right foods can really help your smile. Here are some holiday foods that are great for teeth!

Roast Turkey: Poultry, fish, and eggs are all high in protein, which is great for your mouth health! Protein-rich foods provide phosphorus. Phosphorus works closely with calcium to build strong bones and teeth. So roast up that turkey, and dig in!

Mashed Potatoes: As long as you take care to brush your teeth well after eating starchy foods, mashed potatoes are a great option! They are soft, which prevents them from damaging your braces. Add some milk or sour cream for an extra shot of calcium.

Steamed Carrots and Green Beans: soft vegetables are a great way to get vitamins and minerals without the risk of breaking braces. Make sure to steam them to just past al dente to make sure they are soft enough for your braces, but not mushy.

Fruit, Cheese, and Chocolate Platter: Thinly sliced and beautifully arranged seasonal fruits make an impressive dessert spread, especially when paired with cubes of various holiday cheeses. Alternatively, dip fruits in white, dark, or milk chocolate and serve with warm cider or wassail. Fruit provides vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your body, and cheese is packed with calcium–important for strong bones. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is a good sweets option, as it melts in your mouth and doesn’t stick to your teeth.

Don’t let having braces stop you from enjoying your holiday! Prepare some of the above dishes and enjoy them–along with everyone else! For more information, call Neibaur Family Orthodontics in Draper, Utah, at (801) 341-2191.  Dr. Ben Neibaur and our team are happy to help you have a happy holiday!