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How to Keep Thanksgiving Dinner From Ruining Your Teeth

How to Keep Thanksgiving Dinner From Ruining Your Teeth

the science of smilesThanksgiving is a holiday infamous for rows of food choices, many of which are not especially healthy — for your waistline or your teeth.

Fortunately, you can have a delicious feast that also promotes healthy smiles.

Here’s how to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner AND make smart food choices.

  • Skip the sugar

    Whether it’s pumpkin pie or a marshmallow-topped yam casserole, Thanksgiving dinner can be a delight for your sweet tooth. But all that sugar also serves up a feast for cavity-causing bacteria. If you’re cooking, consider swapping sugar for substitutes like xylitol or erythritol. These sweeteners don’t cause decay.

    If you’re eating, limit your dessert portion and follow it with a glass of water.

  • Cut down on starches

    Savory foods aren’t as well-known for causing decay, but the starch in sides like cornbread and stuffing can feed the same acid-producing bacteria as sugar. Mix up your plate to balance the starch with protein and fiber.

  • Avoid enamel stains

    Brightly colored foods and drinks look great on the dinner table, but they can leave your teeth looking dark and dull.  Watch out for red wine, cranberry sauce, coffee and even white wine. Some pies, like cherry and blueberry, also pose a risk. Skip the wine and stain-causing foods – or book a cleaning with us afterward.

  • Load up on colorful vegetables

    Fill your plate with an assortment of colorful veggies, full of smile-friendly vitamins and minerals. Red and orange veggies are usually high in vitamin C (good for gums), while leafy green vegetables are good sources of calcium(for strong teeth).


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