Monday, November 25, 2013

A Thanksgiving Dinner Your Mouth Will Love

This Thanksgiving, treat your teeth and gums to a healthy meal.  Here are a few dental friendly Thanksgiving food ideas that will make your mouth happy (and healthy).

*    Load up on proteins -- such as turkey!  Turkey meat is high in phosphorus, the element that combines with calcium and Vitamin D to produce our teeth and bones.  Eating enough sources of protein can help keep our teeth healthy, and can reduce decay. 

*    Eat lots of cranberries, considered one of nature's healthiest foods.  Cranberries contain flavonoids and phenolic acids, which have antioxidants that can keep you healthy and may even help in slowing the aging process. 

*    Enjoy raw veggies.  Broccoli, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in Vitamin A, which helps form tooth enamel.  If you eat these vegetables raw you will get more Vitamin A, as well as clean your teeth and massage your gums. Celery is especially good for teeth. Munch on it raw, and it will massage your gums, clean your teeth, and increase the production of saliva, which will neutralize the bacteria that cause cavities.  

*   Drink a glass of milk with your Thanksgiving dinner, and you'll really do your mouth a favor. Milk is rich in calcium, which fortifies teeth as well as bones.

*   Serve fresh fruit salad as one of the Thanksgiving sides.  Fresh, raw fruit helps reduce plaque and massage gums.  And, fruits high in Vitamin C, such as citrus, can help keep gums healthy. 

*   Sip a cup of green tea, which is chock full of plaque-fighting antioxidants.  

*   Drink lots and lots of water, which helps rinse your mouth and wash away trapped food particles that can create nasty plaque.

Now, about that pumpkin pie...pumpkin actually is a healthy food -- when eaten raw. Unfortunately, pumpkin isn't as healthful when mixed with sugar, butter and served in a white flour pie crust. But, since Thanksgiving is only once a year, Wilmette Dental also recommends that you go ahead and partake of the foods you enjoy, but do so in moderation.   

Happy (and healthy) Thanksgiving from Wilmette Dental.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our dental team directly at

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