A lot of us have to battle overwhelming cravings for something a little sweet (and maybe not the best for us) at some point in our lives. The truth of the matter is candy, soda and rich desserts should be consumed rarely if tooth decay and plaque buildup are to be avoided. But don’t fret! There are healthier ways of getting the pleasure that comes with a little something sweet!

Instead Of SodaAustin Dentist - Sweet Treat Alternatives

Nothing is quite as bubbly or quite as sweet as a bottle of dark, fizzy soda. However, soda contains a lot of acid that is harmful to teeth, and has a dark tint that can stain. Here are some alternatives:

  • Unsweetened tea- It might not quite hit that sweet spot, but a glass of unsweetened ice tea can be really refreshing once you get used to it. Add a little lemon if you need more flavor.

  • Flavored waters- There are many varieties of flavored waters out there that you can try. Some are flavored sparkling waters, so you still have that soda fizz.

Instead Of Dessert

Having a big dessert, especially at the end of the meal as is tradition, can leave the pH of your mouth completely off, putting you at risk for bacterial growth and plaque buildup. Try some of these healthier options:

  • Bowl of cereal- Slightly sweetened cereals are always better for you than a slice of chocolate cake. And the milk helps wash the sugar off your teeth!

  • Yogurt- Yogurts come in a variety of flavors and because of their consistency don’t stick to your teeth.

Remember that brushing twice daily, flossing once and rinsing after eating or drinking anything can really help your teeth! As can regularly seeing a dentist; call Dr. Arzegar of the Lifetime Smiles today and schedule an appointment!