All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of the year already. November came and went so quickly. It’s certainly a busy time of year with holiday activities such as shopping for the perfect gift, holiday parties, elf on the shelf, decorating and of course baking…it all can be a bit overwhelming. It’s during this time of year that oral health may not be front of mind so here are some helpful tips to keep your pearly whites looking their best over the holiday season.
- Moderation is the key. There is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgences of a sugary treat or snack. It may be challenging, but when given an option, always try and choose the healthier choice.
- When you’re entertaining offer a selection of sugary treats and healthier options. Balance out the junk with an assortment of meats and cheeses, veggies and a variety of fruits. The assortment will also provide a colourful presentation.
- Do you remember Hermey the Elf? He is best known for his role in “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”. Hermey’s dream was to become a dentist and help people keep their teeth clean and healthy.
- Teeth are for chewing and smiling! Although it may be tempting to use them to cut tape, ribbons or open bottles, please refrain from these types of activities and use the proper tools so you can prevent chips and breaks.
- Protect your teeth by wearing your mouth guard when participating in winter sports. Whether it’s skating, skiing, hockey or reindeer games, protecting your teeth is paramount.
Be safe, don’t drink and drive, and enjoy the special time with family and friends. From our family to yours we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”
Dr. Seuss The Grinch
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies for Santa
Santa loves cookies but consider leaving him some carrots instead….but be careful that Rudolph doesn’t eat them, Reindeers love carrots!
120g (1 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
400g (2 cups) white sugar
120ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
250g (2 cups) all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
~1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (for coating)
- In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth and shiny.
- In another bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the cocoa mixture with a wooden spoon just until smooth.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (I chilled them overnight).
- Preheat oven to 180C / 350F. Prepare 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1 inch (I rolled them into 2 inch balls. Recommended!) balls. Coat each ball in icing sugar and place onto cookie sheets. Leave some space because they will spread.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes for smaller cookies, and 12-14 minutes for larger cookies. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.