In just a couple of days, Thanksgiving will be here! As you pile on delicious foods onto your plate, we wanted to share a few that are healthy for your teeth. While your mind may not be on your oral health at the moment, it’s necessary to think about during the holiday season. The foods you eat can help or harm your smile, so making the right choices about your nutrition is important all year long.
So here are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving foods:
Turkey is one of the best foods on your table for teeth. Because it’s a protein, it is packed with phosphorus, which can boost the strength of your teeth.
- Sweet potatoes
No Thanksgiving is complete without a serving of sweet potatoes! They have vitamin A and vitamin C which helps your gum health. However, be cautious about adding too much sugar to your sweet potato, which can defeat its health purpose.
- Green Bean Casserole
Green beans are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins K, C, and A. So, if you are serving a green bean casserole, make sure you take a healthy portion!
- Macaroni and cheese
When you make macaroni and cheese with milk and cheese, you are giving your teeth excellent sources of calcium. Plus, cheese can increase your saliva production which helps wash bacteria out of your mouth.
- Pumpkin Pie
You might be surprised to learn that the pumpkin pie you enjoy for dessert really isn’t that bad for you. The reason? It’s packed with excellent nutrients like vitamin A. Just be sure it’s made with real pumpkin and avoid topping it off with an overload of whipped cream.
Make sure you come see us for your post-Thanksgiving checkup! We’ll do a thorough cleaning and check that your smile is in excellent shape. Call Charlotte Dentistry at 704-285-0846 to schedule your appointment in Charlotte, NC.