The holiday season is upon us. That means cuddling up at home in front of fireplaces, watching favorite movies and best of all, eating. Many Americans consume more calories than average in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A lot of food means that teeth take on a lot of extra plaque and bacteria. But don’t let that scare you, there’s no need to avoid enjoying holiday treats. A lot of holiday foods are actually good for your teeth! Here are just a few of them.

Fruit

Even though the turkey is in the spotlight for Thanksgiving dinner, fruits and veggies are its loyal sidekicks. Fresh fruits like apples are both festive and good for your teeth. Try to avoid dried and canned fruit like raisins and cranberries. Often times extra sugar is added for flavor. The sugary stickiness may taste good, but it can put teeth at a higher risk of cavities. This year, substitute fresh fruit in Grandma’s cranberry sauce!

Nuts

These hard nuggets pack a two-for-one health punch. Nuts contain vitamins and minerals like calcium and vitamin D, which strengthen teeth. Also, chewing hard food acts like a teeth scrubber. Crunchy treats may disturb plaque, loosening and washing it away. Feel free to use this as a reason to eat more pecan pie — we won’t tell!

Cheese

Charcuterie boards, aka fancy meat and cheese plates, are more than just visually appealing. Research suggests consuming cheddar cheese can counteract the acidity of plague. If you even need an excuse to gorge on dairy, now is the time.
There are plenty of ways to eat delicious foods without having to worry about teeth. Just make sure to go easy on the egg nog!