What to serve for the Super Bowl
SUMMARY: Watching the Seahawks vs. Broncos Super Bowl? Discover how to keep halitosis on the sidelines.
Posted: January 22, 2014
For football fans, Super Bowl Sunday is the holiest of days. As the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos take to the field at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, nearly 108 million Americans will be watching from home. Whether you're in it for the tackles or just the commercials, the lengthy game spells trouble for your teeth. Pearly whites get sacked by less-than-healthy food (pizza, beer etc.) over a long period of time. Luckily, there are ways to help.
If you're hosting a Super Bowl party or bringing snacks, here are four tricks to make sure your bad breath doesn't draw a yellow flag for being so odorous.
1. Of course, the pigskin and beer go hand-in-hand. IPA, pilsner, you name it - drink-heavy spectators should know that alcohol dries out the mouth. After being zapped of saliva, the mouth becomes a habitable environment for anaerobic bacteria that causes rotten breath. Leave the party fouls for another day, you don't want to cross the football gods. As a solution, drink water on the side and throw in a piece of gum that contains xylitol afterward to stay on the offensive.
2. Set out a fruit or vegetable plate. Apples and pears are great options since they have a high water content, which helps dilute the sugary and acidic effects of junk food. Among the veggies, crunchy picks like celery, carrots and cucumbers help dislodge food bits stuck onto teeth. Similar to fruit, the higher water levels in celery stimulate saliva production to wash down remaining food particles.
3. Cheese is a perfect snack to serve during game time festivities. As you know, milk is a great source of calcium that helps strengthen bones and teeth. The same holds true for cheese. Studies have shown that cheese, including feta, string and Swiss, work to remineralize dental enamel and neutralize acids in the mouth. So long, bad breath.
"What I think is exciting about this is it shows that cheese - particularly as a snack - can reduce the acids that will cause cavities and gum disease," president of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Jeffrey M. Cole, told CBS News.
4. Put one of the larger, 40-piece containers of gum on the snack table. You'll be surprised how minty fresh the room smells in spite all the beer and pizza.