Friendlier pancake toppings for your teeth
Big smiles for Pancake Day!
It’s coming around to that time where we dig out and dust off our frying pans to welcome in the one Tuesday a year where we collectively eat almost 117 million pancakes. We all eat these tasty treats in different ways, toppings vary from the classic lemon and sugar to chocolate spread and even ice cream. Whilst it’s wonderful to have the occasional treat every now and again, these sugary pancake toppings could be having a negative effect on our teeth.
Topped with sugar? It may be bad for your teeth.
If food and drink with a high sugar content is regularly consumed, it can cause oral health issues such as cavities and even gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth feeds off of the sugar from the food and produces acid which wears away at the tooth’s surface. Want to know more about acid erosion? Check out our blog all about the pH levels in the mouth. A great way to help your smile while still enjoying these treats is:
- Keep sugar snacks to meal times to limit the frequency of acid attacks on your teeth.
- Chew sugar-free gum after meals. This helps to produce saliva which helps to clear the acid away.
- Visit your dentist for regular check-ups. Centre for Dentistry offers a great dental plan as a cost effective way to look after your teeth.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom! We’ve given you three ideas for teeth friendly pancake toppings below. These recipes offer a lower sugar alternative to sugary and sticky spreads. We hope you enjoy!
Pancake toppings to make you smile.
Make your pancakes in anyway you prefer.
Fat free natural yogurt and grated apple
Dollop a tablespoon of fat free natural yogurt on your pancake and top with grated apple for a fresh and zingy topping. The natural yogurt offers a source of calcium to support your dental health, and can help combat the acid in your mouth. The garnish is simply…well…the apple on the pancake as this delicious fruit offers a sweet taste so you won’t feel like you’re missing out.
Strawberry and banana
If you’re a fan of fruit this recipe is for you. Scatter a handful of strawberries and top with delicious discs of banana for a winning pancake. Bananas have a lower level of acidity compared to most other fruit, and strawberries are a source of vitamin C which helps keep your gums nice and healthy.
Mix together half a grated carrot along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a heaping spoonful of fat free yogurt. Pop on top on your pancakes and scatter a handful of walnuts on top. Like the previous toppings, the yogurt and also the walnuts don’t contain much sugar. You won’t even notice that you’re eating vegetables for breakfast!
We hope that you give some of our toppings a go this pancake day. Let us know what you think of them and tag us in your pancake pictures on social media.