Rediscover Fall Favorites
and Start a New Tradition!
Many would argue that everything is better in the Fall. Football fans come out of hibernation, crunchy leaves excite the senses, and pumpkin lattes comfort the soul. Celebrate the season with these 5 spins on traditional Fall favorites:
1. BOB FOR APPLES
Dive into a bucket full of apples! If you’re the best bobber, your teeth will win, too. Apples have a high water content, which helps dilute the sugar they contain. Crunchy fruits require chewing, which stimulates saliva flow and reduces leftover food particles.
2. CANDY < CORN
Corn is a tooth-healthy fall favorites. Corn contains fiber, a mineral that can help reduce plaque. Additionally, popcorn contains high levels of polyphenols, a substance that suppresses tooth bacteria. Don’t get us wrong — who doesn’t love an occasional handful of candy corn? But make sure to brush and floss afterward for a sweet smile.
3. DRESS UP
As long as it doesn’t get stuck in your teeth, lettuce is a scary-smart selection. Like apples, salad starters such as romaine and kale increase saliva, which helps eliminate plaque. And if salad were a holiday, it would be Halloween. The lettuce is pretty boring, but if you dress it up, it becomes a celebration! Dress up your lettuce — make a salad with fresh fruit or lean protein. You can also make your own homemade dressing. To keep teeth happy, try one of these low-sugar vinaigrettes.
4. COLLECT CANDY
Candy is to Halloween as blood is to Dracula. Many dentists participate in Halloween Candy Buyback programs. They will donate your extra candy, or in some cases, pay you! Remember to save some for the family, but enjoy in moderation.
5. CARVE PUMPKINS
After you perfect your pumpkin, make your “jack” a snack! Pumpkin pulp is filled with enamel-building vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. Keep those seeds in sight, too. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium, a nutrient that can strengthen teeth. Pump up your cooking game with one of these delicious recipes.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and fall for the season!