Winter is here and so is the urge to sip on our favorite hot beverages. While a warm glass of eggnog or a vanilla latte topped with whipped cream may sound appealing, the satisfaction may be diminished when it comes to the effects some of these warm drinks may have on our teeth. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy classic warm winter drinks without the toothache. Consider our suggestions for a healthy and happy winter season.
First things first, consider drinks that have some kind of health benefit. For instance, warm drinks that contain milk or a milk substitute infused with calcium are a great way to strengthen teeth while also enjoying your favorite flavors. Try adding milk in coffee or tea. Not only does it add a richness to the taste, the benefits of calcium for strong teeth also cannot be emphasized enough.
Prefer hot cocoa? Did you know that dark chocolate actually contains tannins, polyphenols, and flavonoids, all of which are antioxidants? Dark chocolate hot cocoa is not only delicious, it’s also a better alternative! Mexican hot cocoa is also a great choice. Using a rich natural cocoa, cinnamon, and milk, this delicious option is a healthy way to enjoy a winter classic. Not a fan of hot cocoa? Try a cinnamon spiced chai latte using skim milk!
Next, consider a sugar substitute that is less likely to weaken teeth, such as honey or agave nector. These healthy alternatives have more of benefits, and, in the long run, they do not work with the bacteria inside your mouth to create tooth decay. Try a cold-weather favorite, a warm apple cider made from real apples and containing a natural fruit sugar. Stir in some added taste with cinnamon sticks! Want to keep it simple? Try green tea with a dash of lemon and flavored with honey. Green tea is said to help keep away cavities.
And last but not least, why not enjoy your favorite beverage using a straw? Using a straw reduces the amount of acid typically found in beverages from coming in contact with teeth. Another wise suggestion? If possible, try to brush afterward, even if it’s just with water. And, of course, drink plenty of water. For a great starter drink to warm your spirit and increase your water intake, try warm lemon and ginger water with a bit of honey. The vitamin C is excellent for gum health, and the antioxidants help improve your general immunity and minimize bacteria.
In addition to improving your smile with healthier drinks, don’t forget to make an appointment with us for an exam and cleaning. Don’t let your good care go to waste. We can’t wait to see your smile!