The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

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.



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