Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth The Healthy Way
Everyone loves a good sweet snack once in a while, but unfortunately, that includes the bacteria in our mouths. Those little germs’ favorite food in the world is sugary treats, and the more sugar they get, the more they put our teeth at risk of tooth decay. So how can you satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way without giving your harmful oral bacteria a treat? By snacking healthy!
A Few Healthy Treats To Enjoy
Sometimes it seems like the healthy snacks are the ones that take longer to make or cost more, but that isn’t always true! So before you reach for that jelly-filled doughnut or bowl of ice cream, take a look at some of these quick, affordable, tasty options that are better for your teeth:
Coconut whipped cream with strawberries
Coconuts are exceptional bacteria killers and they can also reduce the amount of plaque build up, and strawberries are great for scrubbing away plaque too! Coconut whipped cream is a great substitute for dairy whipped cream because it’s low in sugar and high in healthy fats.
Frozen dark chocolate bananas.
This treat is great because bananas are full of important nutrients that help keep teeth and gums strong, and dark chocolate is good for your teeth too. (You could also switch things up and put the coconut whipped cream on the bananas and the dark chocolate on the strawberries!)
Fruit smoothies with yogurt and applesauce
Toss your favorite fruits in a blender, but instead of adding sugar or ice cream, use unsweetened applesauce and frozen yogurt for a refreshing smoothie that is low in sugar!
Yogurt and granola
Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics. Crowd out that harmful bacteria in your mouth with the good bacteria in yogurt. Yogurt is also a great source of calcium for building strong teeth.
You can never go wrong by throwing together a bowl of berries and sliced fruit. While fruit does contain natural sugar, eating it whole is much healthier than drinking fruit juice (which isn’t much better for your teeth than soda). The fiber in the whole fruit makes it harder for the sugar to reach your teeth (or your digestive system), and you get all the great vitamins too!
Want Healthy Snack Ideas?
If you like healthy treats and want more, we can help you find them. Visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Health Snack Finder from their annual Kids Teaching Kids 21 Day Challenge. From sugar substitutes in baking to easy on-the-go snacks, we have you covered. And don’t forget to keep up your other good oral health habits, such as brushing twice daily for two minutes, flossing, and scheduling those regular dental appointments. Click here for a downloadable pdf of the 2018 North Texas Kids Teaching Kids Cookbook, available in English and Spanish.
Medical City Children’s Hospital – Kids Teaching Kids
Take the 21 Day Challenge! This time each year, Lewisville Independent School District partners with Medical City Children’s Hospital to encourage their students, parents, and teachers to make healthier snack choices for 21 days. The main goal is to encourage us to use more fruits and veggies when preparing after school snacks. Parents may register from September 17th – October 1st, 2018, with the challenge starting on October 1st. Kroger and Reliant Energy are two wonderful partners who help participate with Medical City Children’s Hospital to bring our community this wonderful program. Want to learn more about this program? Visit the Kids Teaching Kids 21 Day Challenge Website.
And don’t worry, we have sweet teeth too!
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About Flower Mound Dental and William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS
Flower Mound Dental and William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS, is here to meet all of your dental needs by providing truly gentle, exceptional dentistry, whether you need a filling, cleaning, whitening, root canal, or any other dental service. Located in Flower Mound, in the Kroger Shopping Center, near Lifetime Fitness, our professional and friendly team will provide you and your entire family with a comfortable and superior dental experience that you won’t find anywhere else. We want you to be comfortable and we want you to bring us your questions and concerns. Our commitment to oral hygiene and your overall wellness results in personalized and comprehensive visits with you to ensure we meet all of your health needs. Dr. Wyatt is a leading professional in his field and takes special care with each person in a calm and inviting atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
About William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS
When it comes to dental education, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable than Dr. Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt is actively involved in many facets of continuing education, participating in dental conferences, symposia, and fellowships. In 1986, he received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires at least 500 hours of additional continuing education and the passage of a rigorous written exam. He has studied with some of the most respected dentists in the nation and the world. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners requires 12 hours of continuing education every year to maintain licensure. Dr. Wyatt regularly averages at least 200 hours per year; 1600% more than he’s legally required to do. This affords him access to the latest technological advances in cosmetic, laser, and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Wyatt has held membership in the following prestigious organizations:
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Seattle Study Club Dental Business Academy
- The American Dental Implant Association
- The American Dental Institute
He is very active in his local community as a featured speaker in the chamber of commerce and other organizations, plus Dr. Wyatt is also a published author on Dentaltown. Follow Dr. Wyatt on Twitter @DrWilliamWyatt.