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What’s Oral Health Got to do With it?

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Turkey is high both in calcium and phosphorus, two nutrients that help in tooth development.

We can all feel a little guilty around the holidays as we pack in as many goodies as we can get our hands on. While enjoyable at the time, these treats can lead to real consequences, not only with our waistlines, but with our oral health as well. Read below for some tips on how to take it easy on your teeth this holiday season. You may be surprised at some of the suggestions – there are many Thanksgiving foods that have great benefits to your dental hygiene!

  1. Reduce the sugar: Surprise, surprise, sugar isn’t great for your teeth. When broken down, it forms into a kind of acid, which can lead to decalcification and ultimate dental decay. Try cutting the sugar levels in your recipes down, maybe by a third or even a half. Chances are no one will be able to notice the difference – not even you!
  2. Balance sugar with protein: We know how hard it is to resist a table laden with holiday desserts. That’s why we’re here to say you don’t have to cut all of those sweets out to avoid the guilt. Instead, be proactive in balancing your consumption of sugar with protein. This can help in two ways: One, eating causes an increase in saliva production, which in turn helps wash away sticky substances from the surface of your teeth. Two, proteins like the turkey sitting on your dining table, is very high in calcium, which can counteract the negative effects of the sugary desserts.
  3. Speaking of turkey:¬†Experts say to eat lots of it! Not only is it high in calcium but it’s high in phosphorous as well which is needed for tooth development.
  4. Incorporate vegetables: Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for building strong teeth – you can help your body produce this nutrient by consuming vegetables with lots of beta carotene. Celery and carrots are excellent sources of beta carotene, making them a teeth-happy addition to your stuffing this year.
  5. Eat that pumpkin pie: When we said you could eat dessert, we meant it! In fact, pumpkin pie is another good source of Vitamin C, which can help to recalcify your teeth. So go ahead, pick up a slice. Just remember to keep it in balance with the rest of your meal.

We hope these easy tips can help you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal this year, guilt-free.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us over here at the Foundation!

 

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