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Ready for Some Football Snacks?

With football season finally here, so too is the season of tailgating, watch parties and, for some of us, prime seats at the stadium. But it can also be the season of poor snacking choices – for both your waistline and your oral health. If you’re ready for some football but aren’t too keen on the negative effects on your health that game-day celebrations often bring, these snacks are the real MVP.

Veggie Platters

Raw vegetables are the safest bet for your oral health at any game-day party. They taste great, they’re packed with nutrition and fiber, and vegetables are generally low in sugar and acids. The problem many people run into is the dip that usually accompanies most of these platters, which can be dangerous to your waistline. This year, instead of opting for a dip, try swapping hummus instead. It’s vegetable-based, so it’s better for your body.

Pretzels, Pitas, and Popcorn

When you think of game-day party food, most people think of chips – potato, tortilla, nacho – but none of these is very healthy, especially if you wear braces or have a TMJ disorder. For some healthier alternatives, swap out the chips for pita wedges (toasted or soft), light popcorn or pretzels (soft or hard). For dipping alternatives, try hummus, spreadable cheese, olive tapenade or peanut butter. They’re all healthier than traditional cream-based dips.

Meat and Cheese

A perennial favorite, meat and cheese plates are pretty healthy choices. Cheese is full of calcium, which is great for your teeth, and both meat and cheese are full of protein, which helps muscles stay strong.

Just Desserts

Looking to cap the night off with something sweet? Choose fresh fruits, sorbet or even pie. Fall is the perfect season for apple pie, and it’s a lot less sugary than cakes and cookies. If you really can’t pass up the cakes and cookies, consider using a sugar substitute like Splenda to cut back on some of the calories and sweetness.


Water is always your best bet, but for most adults, football usually means beer. Any beverage is fine in moderation, but whether you’re drinking alcohol, soda or juice, remember: If it’s acidic, alternate with water, and brush your teeth 30 minutes after consuming to give your tooth enamel time to re-harden before brushing.

If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, give Dr. Hill’s office a call at 469-640-9550.

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