Thanksgiving is one day of the year where most dietary precautions are tossed out the window as we sip on festive beverages, stuff ourselves with turkey and indulge in healthy helpings of starchy dishes. But what about your teeth? Are there dishes that are better for maintaining the health of your teeth? The answer is YES! We’ve created a list of 5 Thanksgiving dinner dishes your teeth are thankful for.
DISH #1: CHARCUTERIE BOARD
The finer things in life for both you and your teeth include the oh-so-delicious charcuterie board, where the cheese is the star of the show. Since dairy is rich in calcium, it’s the perfect pre-thanksgiving dinner snack as calcium maintains strong bones and teeth.
DISH #2: VEGGIES
Bonus points if you have enough self-control to skip the starchy veggies and head straight for the colorful veggies and greens. Vegetables typically have more fiber and can aid in saliva production helping you break down foods for your digestive system.
DISH #3: SWEET POTATOES
This rule of thumb goes for yams as well since the two are sort of similar. Since both are rich in Vitamins A and C, it helps to preserve your gums. But here’s the catch—if they are candied, which let’s be real, most are on Thanksgiving day, then we recommend eating them in moderation. As we all know by now, sugar is not friendly to your teeth.
DISH #4: TURKEY
Of course, you can have your turkey! We wouldn’t dare attempt to deprive you. It’s generally a healthy dish packed with protein —just make sure that once you’ve gobbled it down you floss your teeth.
DISH #5: PUMPKIN PIE
Awww yeah! It’s Thanksgiving… we won’t tell you not to eat pie, but we will tell you the pie that’s better for you to sink your teeth into. Our pick is pumpkin pie because much like sweet potatoes it is rich in Vitamin A which keeps your gums healthy and builds the hard outer shell of your enamel.
So there you have it—the 5 thanksgiving dinner dishes that your teeth will be thankful for. Now you have something to chat about at the dinner table that benefits everyone! Your guests will surely be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
With Halloween days away and the festive holiday season approaching, we thought it important to share our go-to dental tricks for maintaining healthy teeth. We know the month of October is practically candy month and the road to the new year from this point is filled with tempting treats and delectable dishes. As much as we love to indulge, it’s important to respect your body, your diet, and your teeth.
TRICK #1: TREATS AREN’T CREATED EQUAL
There are so many types of candy and some happen to be much easier on your teeth than others. We recommend steering away from hard candy and candies that are sticky. Why? Hard candy and sticky candy can cause damage to your teeth lingering in your mouth for extended periods of time which can contribute to tooth decay—not to mention there’s the potential of cracking or even chipping your teeth when biting down to break up the hard candy. Additionally, the sugar found in these candies is more acidic which is hard on your enamel.
Chocolates or chocolates with nuts tend to be an easier candy to break down. The darker the better. Chocolate candy that has nuts like almonds or peanuts have the tendency of breaking up the stickiness of chocolate helping to remove it from your teeth.
TRICK #2: TIMING IS OF THE ESSENCE
If you’re planning on indulging, be sure to plan that sweet treat just after meal-time. This will help to cancel out bacteria-produced acids and will help to rinse away food. Snacking on candy throughout the day will only maintain the presence of bad bacteria and acidity in your mouth resulting in further decay. That said, if you’re easily tempted, keep your stash out of sight and off your mind until after mealtime.
TRICK #3: HYDRATE
Water helps us break down foods and flush out toxins from our body. The same goes with candy. The good ‘ol 8 glasses of water a day rule of thumb will help to rinse the bad bacteria from our mouths and help us stay hydrated.
TRICK #4: KEEP IT CLEAN
Brushing twice a day AND flossing is extra important when you’re upping your sugar intake. Protect your enamel while brushing away acids and bad bacteria, by doing this you can also help to prevent your teeth from staining.
Hopefully, these dental tricks for healthy teeth will help you to keep your teeth from looking ghostly! We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!