Sunday, February 3rd 2019 marks the day of this year’s Super Bowl! This year our own Los Angeles Rams face off against the dynastic New England Patriots.
Pacific Dental Care thought we would go over a few snacks you can whip up for your sports viewing pleasure, snacks that won’t destroy your smile like the normal soda pop (not to mention alcoholic beverages), or carb-heavy foods like bread, potato chips, and more.
Below are a few snack ideas that at the very least won’t contribute to tooth decay or create damaging scenarios that can seriously affect your teeth and gums.
1.) Bean Dip
Creating something like a 7-layer bean dip will be less damaging to your teeth than many Super Bowl mainstays. Of course if you opt to put tomato in your bean dip, your teeth will be exposed to the high acidity found in tomatoes. However, if you balance out this acidity with Greek yogurt, you’ll be good to go. Opting to eat veggies with your dip instead of chips will give your oral health an added boost.
2.) Meat and Cheese Tray
Cheese is good for your teeth because it has a ton of calcium that strengthens your teeth, not to mention casein, which is a protein that effectively protects the surface of your teeth. Meats included on a cheese tray don’t have the high sugar, carbohydrate, or acidic content that can do a number on your teeth. If you can, opt for whole wheat crackers, which have fiber that is beneficial, although all crackers will stick to teeth and cause bacterial growth regardless. Make sure to pack a portable brush.
3.) Double Down on Your Veggies
It doesn’t matter if it’s a veggie tray or you’re whipping up a spicy jalapeño cream cheese dip, raw veggies are the way to go because they don’t have the damaging sugar and acid content that most Super Bowl foods are going to have. Vegetables like carrots are super rich in beta-carotene, too, which your body converts to vitamin A — which helps strengthen and fortify your pearly whites. Cream cheese will help give your teeth a boost of calcium as well, which keep them strong and capable. Veggies also have that crunch factor, which stimulates your jaw bone.
If you’d like to schedule a checkup after the Super Bowl, contact Pacific Dental Care today. Dr. Marine Martirosyan is an oral health professional serving Glendale, not to mention the surrounding communities of Burbank, Pasadena, and the greater Los Angeles area. We provide a broad range of oral health services that will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Call today to schedule your consultation — and have a safe and fun Super Bowl weekend!