Thanksgiving Dinner and Its Effects on Teeth

What does your Thanksgiving table look like? Whether you’re a traditionalist, an improviser, a tofurkey advocate or a stuffing king, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Here’s a breakdown of each traditional dish, and how it affects your teeth.

Turkey

Turkey is packed with protein, which contains phosphorous. When phosphorus mixes with calcium and vitamin-D, it creates strong bones and teeth. So dig into that turkey on Thanksgiving and enjoy the leftovers until they are gone.

Cranberries

Surprisingly, this little berry helps prevent tooth decay because of an enzyme that fights bad bacteria. Tooth decay causes toothaches, bad breath, grey or black spots on the teeth, and swelling in the gums. Load up on the sauce!

Salads

Calcium found in leafy greens is good for strong teeth. Our favorite salad is this Roasted Acorn Squash and Portobello Mushroom Salad with, Apples and Pumpkin Seeds. It provides a great mix of fall veggies and health benefits, including:

   – Iron from the pumpkin seeds maintains tongue health.

   – Vitamin-A in butternut squash can help heal mouth sores.

   – Vitamin-D in portobello mushrooms can help reduce inflammation of gums and helps the body absorb calcium.

Carrots

Orange vegetables are high in vitamin-C which is good for gums. Enjoy cooked or raw carrots, and mix them with other fall squashes. Vitamin C, strengthens the gums, preventing sudden and unexpected bleeding.

Pumpkin Pie

Surprisingly, this delicious dessert is loaded with vitamins and minerals that are great for teeth. Pumpkin is filled with Zinc, Iron, Magnesium and Vitamin-A that help keep the tongue clean, protect tooth enamel, and prevent gum damage.

Green Beans

Raw green beans are a good source of fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and strengthens teeth. 

The Champagne Family would like to wish you a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!

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