The holiday season is upon us and hopefully your teeth have survived the sticky, sugar-coated onslaught that is Halloween! Up next…Thanksgiving! Below you’ll find a list of the good, the bad and the starchy foods of this All-American indulgence fest.
Foods That Are Great To Gobble!
Turkey - Protein-rich foods, like good ol’ Tom Turkey, can actually be good for your teeth. Turkey contains phosphorus which can help foster strong teeth and bones when mixed with vitamin D and calcium.
Yams – Yams are naturally sweet so hold the gooey, sticky marshmallows, please! Served baked or roasted, yams are nutrient-rich and don’t stick to the surface of teeth. If you must sweeten them up, a touch of brown sugar or molasses should suffice.
Veggies – Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots and celery contain high amounts of vitamin A and C which are instrumental in repairing gums from periodontal disease.
Pumpkin – Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin C and calcium, a great combination for strengthening bones and teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth after enjoying this delicious dessert, though!
Cranberry Sauce – Cranberry gets the Gold Star of Dental Health as far as Thanksgiving goes! Recent research has indicated that cranberries contain special compounds that disrupt the development of plaque-causing bacteria. Be sure to make your cranberry sauce with real cranberries and not the jelly substance that keeps the shape of the can!
Turkey Day Hall Of Shame
Pecan Pie – This sticky, sugary, chewy dessert is a disaster for your teeth. At least pumpkin pie has some vitamins to offer!
Popcorn Balls – The popcorn and caramel can easily get stuck in your teeth and promote tooth decay, not to mention discomfort!
White Wine – Although it won’t stain your teeth like red wine, white wine has a high pH level and packs an awful acidic punch that can erode you teeth.
Stuffing, Cakes & Rolls, oh my! – That’s right! Pretty much all the really good stuff! The carb-loaded, starchy treats are great for causing tooth decay.
Okay, so we don’t really want to ruin your holiday fun. Go ahead and indulge in some of these forbidden treats – within reason! We won’t tell...just be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water or, better yet, brush your teeth after each big holiday meal.