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At Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center, we want you to have a healthy and happy holiday season. We know how hard it is to avoid colds and flu during the busy winter season. But you can enjoy the festivities and keep your commitments while taking good care of your oral health.

Staying hydrated while taking care of your teeth and gums doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are some healthy drinks you can keep in your kitchen that will actually benefit your body, including your teeth and bones.

Milk: At the top of the list, milk is rich in calcium, phosphorous, protein and Vitamin D. It helps keep tooth enamel strong and is good for the gums as well. If you are lactose intolerant, you can still get protein and calcium from enriched soy milk or almond milk.

Real Fruit Juice: These can be made in your own home or bought in the health food section of your local grocery store. Just be sure that the juice is low in acid–such as pear or apple–and without the addition of extra sweeteners.

Clear Teas: White and green tea is good for your oral health because it stimulates saliva production. Saliva is a rinsing agent, washing away food particle debris and buffers acid which causes tooth enamel erosion.

Natural Root Beer: Root beer is actually a soft drink that is good for you. Academy of General Dentistry researchers discovered that root beer caused the least damage of any sodas tested.

Originally created by Charles Hires, root beer was designed as an herbal tea. It is a healthful mix of roots, berries, herbs and spices. Licorice root helps with bronchitis, while sarsaparilla root helps with sinusitis. Anise is an expectorant and clove helps with tooth and gum pain. These are just a few ingredients that can aid your health!

Tap Water: The water from your kitchen sink can strengthen tooth enamel because it contains fluoride. Water also prevents dry mouth, with its production of saliva. Saliva is healthy for your teeth and gums with its various protective properties.

Mineral Water: Bottled mineral water has up to four times as much calcium and magnesium as regular tap water, which provides healthy minerals for your pearly whites.

All of us at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season. We invite you to call us at 718-548-3353 if you have any questions about keeping your healthy smile!