Thanksgiving Tips to Keep Your Teeth and Body Thankful
The holidays are upon us. The time of year when food and sweets are all around us. We at Dental365 are committing to a healthier holiday season this year and we encourage you to do the same. Your teeth and waistline will be forever thankful.
Sugary and starchy foods add to the sticky plaque in your mouth that create cavities. Plaque can also harden into tartar, which leads to gum disease. You can prevent tooth decay and gum disease with regular brushing, flossing and semi-annual visits to the dentist. You can also help keep your teeth healthy by avoiding certain foods. Here are some ideas for a healthier menu this Thanksgiving:
- Are you a sweet potato fan? Skip the marshmallows this year to cut back on sugar.
- Make sure you have more vegetables on your plate than starches including bread, stuffing, pies, and pastries.
- Pack your plate with turkey. Turkey is not only high in protein, but it has a high amount of phosphorus, which is needed for tooth development. Phosphorus helps rebuild enamel which can be damaged by acid-producing bacteria.
- Have some cranberries! Cranberries are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that can prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth and forming plaque.
- Indulge in a little pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is a great source of minerals like copper, calcium, and phosphorus, which protects gums, and the calcium helps in the development and remineralization of the teeth.
- Avoid soda and juices and stick with water for your beverage.
And most importantly, take time to be thankful and enjoy those you love this Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for you, our loyal patients. If you aren’t our patient and are looking for a friendly dentist, give us a call at 1-844-365-3368 to connect with the Dental365 office nearest you.