Foods That Are Good to Gobble
Your teeth have (hopefully) survived the sweet, sticky, sugar-coated event that was Halloween. Time for the next holiday to potentially put a dent in your dentin-Thanksgiving! Here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry we have put together a list of the good, the bad, and the starchy foods of this all-American fest.
Turkey- Protein-rich foods, like good old Tom Turkey, can actually be good for your teeth.
Yams- Yams are naturally sweet, so hold the gooey, sticky marshmallows, please.
Veggies- Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots and celery contain high amounts of Vitamins 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.
Cranberry Sauce- Cranberry gets the gold star of dental health as far as Thanksgiving goes!
Turkey Day Hall of Shame Foods
Pecan Pie- A sticky, sugary, chewy disaster for teeth. At least pumpkin pie has some vitamins to offer.
Popcorn Balls- The popcorn and caramel can easily get stuck in your teeth promoting 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 acidic punch that can erode your teeth.
Stuffing, cakes and rolls- That’s right. Pretty much all the good stuff. These carb-loaded, starchy treats are great for causing tooth decay.
Okay okay we don’t want to ruin all your holiday fun. Go ahead and indulge- in moderation- in some of these forbidden treats. We won’t tell! Just be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water or, better yet, brush your teeth after your big holiday meal.