Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Food and Dental Health

Thanksgiving Food and Dental Health


Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is associated with many foods and the best part is that not only these foods are delicious; they are nutritious and great for your teeth. The traditional foods at Thanksgiving help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and hence lead to good dental health.

Let’s take a look at these foods which are great for your oral health.
  • Fruit Salads: Fresh fruits have always been good for dental health as they promote saliva secretion which washes away food debris in the mouth as well as decreases acid production in the mouth.

  • Carrots and Celery: Carrots and Celery are vegetables which are rich in fiber. Besides being great for your stomach, fiber stimulates your gums, which is good for your dental health.

  • Sweet Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes: Potatoes are richly nutritious with a proper balance of vitamins and nutrients appropriate for oral health. They are loaded with carbs and proteins and rich in vitamin B and C. Potatoes do not stick on the teeth unlike other starchy foods which serve as haven for oral bacteria.

  • Cranberries: Recent research indicates that cranberries hinder the oral bacteria from sticking to the teeth and forming dental plaque.

  • Turkey: It is considered to help in remineralization of the enamel whose minerals are damaged by acid produced by bacteria.

  • Greens and Winter Vegetables: Most Veggies are just great for health. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, flavanoids and coenzyme Q10.These prevent the gums against damage and promote its healing.

  • Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin pies are also a good source of beta carotene, potassium, vitamin C and calcium.

So, now you can see that the tasty Thanksgiving foods are great for dental health as well. Remember to brush and floss after every meal!


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