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3 ingredients to use for healthy mocktails

With the holiday season in full swing, get-togethers and social events are on the way. These ingredient swaps for mocktails are overflowing with flavor and flare and don’t compromise your healthy smile.

Try using coconut water

Fruit juice and sparkling water — especially lemon and lime — are common ingredients in mocktails. But they’re full of acid and sugar, which are two top causes of cavities and tooth decay. Try swapping sugary fruit juice for unsweetened coconut water. It has many health benefits and still adds a flavorful splash to your mocktail.

Why use coconut water: 

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    It has potassium, which helps your teeth and bones use calcium more efficiently.

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    It’s full of electrolytes to help make the most of your hydration.

Mix in some mint

Mint can be used as a main ingredient in a spirit-free mojito or as a garnish on a non-alcoholic cranberry mint fizz. It’s also a crowd favorite in the oral health world, as it can both mask bad breath and can help ward off cavity-causing bacteria.

Why use mint:

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    Mint can help relieve indigestion and acid reflux, which can damage your teeth over time.

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    It contains nutrients like fiber, vitamin A and iron for a strong, healthy smile.

Grab some green tea

Green tea is arguably one of the healthiest beverages out there, so why not incorporate it into a mocktail? Combine it with mint to create a green tea mojito that doubles down on fighting bad breath and bacteria, or pair it with ginger and a little honey for a fun spin on a Moscow mule.

Why use green tea:

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    Green tea can help reduce bad breath and fight bacteria in the mouth.

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    It’s full of antioxidants which have been linked to lowering the risk of cancer.

Now you’re ready to get mixing! And why not make it into a holiday activity? Gather up your loved ones and try concocting interesting recipes with mouth-friendly ingredients. You’ll make memories with the people who make you smile.