Thanksgiving in Moderation: Healthy Options for Your Teeth

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Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, and you probably can’t wait as it marks the start of the holiday season, the most special time of the year. We love this day because we get to spend it with our family, but also because we sit around the big table and eat delicious foods. Although it’s easy to munch on to delicious pies, desserts, and turkey, we still need to make wise choices to protect our teeth.

What to avoid?

In order to keep your teeth healthy, you may want to avoid the following foods:

  • Caramel corn and other caramelized items
  • Rolls and stuffing
  • Pies and desserts
  • Alcohol

The reason is simple; these foods are abundant in sugar and starch that increase bacteria in the mouth and pave the way to cavities while alcohol lowers the production of saliva. You need to avoid or consume these foods moderately.

Foods to eat

Thanksgiving foods that are good for your teeth thanks to their calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D content and other reasons include:

  • Turkey
  • Chopped vegetables (avoid raw veggies if you wear braces)
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Nuts and cheese

Tips to remember this Thanksgiving Day

This Thanksgiving Day, it’s important to remember that eating in moderation is the best way to preserve the health of your teeth and avoid increasing the risk of cavities and other problems. You should also try following these tips:

  • Avoid adding starch and sugar where they are not necessary
  • Instead of canned go for fresh cranberries
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly

Make wise choices this Thanksgiving Day, and you will be able to enjoy this holiday while, at the same time, protecting your teeth.

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