With Thanksgiving coming up soon, you are probably doing lots of meal planning or, at the very least, getting your appetite ready for the big day. While it may not be at the top of your mind to pay attention to your oral health, your teeth play an obviously important role in enjoying this holiday. So, we wanted to help you take care of your oral health by listing out a few foods to enjoy and avoid.
What’s Thanksgiving without turkey? Not only is it tasty, but it’s also excellent for your teeth. It’s packed with phosphorus which helps the development of your teeth. Also, the protein is excellent for strengthening your teeth and jaw too.
It shouldn’t surprise you, but vegetables are excellent for your oral health. So, pack on the carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes! In fact, sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A which strengthens your tooth enamel and helps your gums.
- Cheese Platter
That cheese platter not only looks delicious, but it’s also excellent for your teeth. In fact, even that mac and cheese dish can be good for your smile! Why? All that calcium strengthens your tooth enamel so it’s easier to fight decay and cavities.
- Pumpkin Pie
Of course, you’ll want to approach everything in moderation, but the pumpkin in pumpkin pie is actually good for your teeth. It has magnesium which, when paired with calcium, helps protect your teeth from cavities.
- Green Bean Casserole
Who doesn’t love a good green bean casserole for Thanksgiving? It’s a great source of vitamins and fiber that are excellent for your teeth and gums.
So while you may want to avoid overdoing the sugary treats that day, and try not to overload your plate with too much starch (which can stick to your teeth!), there are still ways to feel good about your dental health on Thanksgiving. Make sure to schedule your post-holiday checkup to keep your smile intact!