6 Thanksgiving Foods That Can Be Great for Your Teeth

November 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — avantdentistry @ 2:29 pm
Turkey surrounded by other foods for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when you get to enjoy many different kinds of delicious foods. But have you ever given any thought to how some of these foods may be affecting your smile? There are a number of Thanksgiving staples that can be highly beneficial for your oral health. Below are 6 common Thanksgiving foods that your dentist definitely recommends putting on your plate.

1. Turkey

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey. In terms of your oral health, one of the biggest benefits of this dish is that it contains a lot of phosphorus, which can aid with the process of re-mineralizing and strengthening your teeth. On top of that, the protein in the turkey can aid your body in using calcium to maintain a healthy jawbone.

2. Green Bean Casserole

Green beans are filled with all kinds of nutrients. In particular, they contain a lot of vitamin A, which helps promote healthy oral tissues and encourages the mouth to produce more saliva (which is key for getting rid of harmful bacteria). Furthermore, the vitamin C in green beans can strengthen the gum tissue holding your teeth in place and lower your risk for gum disease.

3. Macaroni and Cheese

Not all families make macaroni and cheese part of the Thanksgiving feast, but if it’s on your table, it could end up benefitting your smile. Like many dairy products, cheese is high in calcium, which is essential for keeping the teeth healthy and strong.

4. Sweet Potatoes

Like green beans, sweet potatoes contain high levels of vitamins A and C, making them a potentially good choice for promoting the health of your gums. Of course, the potential oral health benefits will be offset if the dish is topped with marshmallows or otherwise contains a lot of sugar. Fortunately, there are low-sugar and low-fat sweet potato recipes out there, so it may be worth doing a little research.

5. Cranberries

Cranberries contain a number of nutrients known as flavonoids, which are natural antibacterial agents. They can help protect your teeth and gums from the accumulation of harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Just make sure that your chosen cranberry dish isn’t too high in sugar.

6. Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie can be a mixed bag in terms of oral health. On the one hand, it contains a lot of sugar. On the other hand, it is also high in nutrients such as vitamin C and calcium which can be good for your gums and teeth. To get the benefits of pumpkin pie while minimizing the negative side, try to limit yourself to just one slice, and remember to brush your teeth thoroughly after your meal.

About the Author

Dr. Annie Yu went to The Ohio State University College of Dentistry for her Doctor of Dental Surgery. She brings a high level of enthusiasm and positivity to every appointment, and she has made a point of keeping up with the latest advancements in the dental field. Her Chevy Chase practice, Avant Dentistry, focuses on providing personable, comprehensive dental care. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Yu, visit her website or call (240) 332-1599.

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