Thanksgiving is the time of year when people throw their diets out the window and permit themselves to indulge. While this is perfectly acceptable, you should still exercise caution. Some foods are just as bad for your teeth as Halloween candy. Here is a short list of Best Thanksgiving foods for your teeth our family dentists recommend. Feel free to serve extra portions of these on Turkey Day.
Best, Teeth-Friendly Thanksgiving Foods
Turkey is loaded with protein, which contains phosphorous. This mineral is essential for healthy teeth enamel. In fact, phosphorous along with vitamin D and calcium aid in the development of strong teeth and bones.
2. Natural Cranberry Sauce
The keyword here is “natural.” Canned and processed cranberries are loaded with sugars and artificial coloring. Our cosmetic dentists frown on the latter because it’s a common teeth stainer. Make cranberry sauce from whole cranberries; it will have a tart and sour taste, which is what makes it perfect for eating with turkey.
Yams are high in vitamins A and C, both of which contribute to healthy gums. As with the cranberry sauce, avoid the canned and processed varieties that may contain sugar and chemical additives. These are also void of the natural vitamins found in whole yams.
4. Mac and Cheese
Homemade macaroni and cheese contain calcium-rich milk and cheese. Stick to whole wheat macaroni which provides more nutrients than traditional refined flour pasta.
5. Natural Pumpkin Pie
Homemade pumpkin pie contains pumpkin, a rich source of vitamin A. You can add a pinch of sugar for a lightly sweetened treat. It’s a heck of a lot better than store-bought pie loaded with sweeteners.
Feast at Your Delight
Thanksgiving is only one day out of the year; by all means, enjoy your meal. Be sure, though, to contact Kenmore Dental to keep up with your appointments over the holidays. Read our reviews to find out why our clients trust us as their year-round dentists. The best Thanksgiving foods for your teeth ensure that you indulge in a hearty meal while remaining true to your oral health.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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