Happy Thanksgiving! Here are 5 Teeth-Friendly Foods to Add to the Menu

That’s the number of people around the world who suffer from dental caries. And that’s just adults. When it comes to children and primary teeth, 486 million are afflicted with this dental disease. 60–90% of children globally suffer from tooth decay. But how much of it is thanks to Thanksgiving
Not a huge number, as it turns out. But it’s still important to be wary about what you put on your holiday menu. Which is why, this Thanksgiving, we have some ideas that will go a long way in helping maintain the dental health of your family.

Eating Turkey the Right Way

Although there’s no ‘right’ way to eat turkey, there is always the post-feast cleanup that helps family members keep their mouths free from future dental doldrums.

Packed with protein and delicious, turkey can get stuck in your teeth. Flossing, therefore, is a must after feasting on this colossal bird.

Cranberry Sauce

You can’t have Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce, so we won’t tell you to shun it. But we have to warn you: it’s tart and it’s sweet. And those are both red flags for your teeth.

It’s also acidic and sticky, and can even lead to teeth staining. We suggest you don’t eat this sauce on its own, since sugar in isolation is far deadlier than with a meal. Eat it, therefore, as a condiment.

Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Okay, first off, who doesn’t love sweet potatoes? They’re full of Vitamin A and C, and keep your gums healthy. What isn’t so great, however, is candied yams. It’s a sticky food that can lodge itself in your teeth for a long time. We suggest you don’t eat too many candied yams and drink a good amount of water on the side to keep washing them down.

Green Beans

Green beans are some of the healthiest foods on the planet, and your child should get brownie points (not brownies, too bad for the teeth) for just eating them. The beans, however, can get stuck in your teeth. You might want to keep a floss pick around!

Pumpkin Pie

And lastly, a Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie is quite thankless, which is why we think this should definitely be on your Thanksgiving menu. Plus, it’s got Vitamin A, which keeps your enamel healthy and builds your gums.

The downside, of course, is all that sugar that’s added to the pumpkin. There’s also the whipped cream on top with the extra sugar.

A good way to keep your gut happy and your teeth healthy would be to have dessert only after dinner. Also rinse your mouth thoroughly before going to bed to ward off any unwanted bacteria that might be lurking around!

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