Binge This, Skip That in Your Thanksgiving Feast
The holiday season has officially begun! And before we turn our attention to the sweets and treats that come with Christmas, let’s talk about Thanksgiving. Specifically, which foods to eat — and which to avoid — to keep your teeth happy and healthy this holiday season.
You love traditional Thanksgiving turkey? Eat away. Turkey is packed with protein, which can help repair your tooth enamel. In fact, in a 2010 study, researchers were able to develop a peptide packed protein which actually helped remineralize cavities. So, although you won’t cure your cavities with turkey alone, you’re certainly not going to hurt them! Just make sure you rinse with water or floss after your meal. Turkey can easily get stuck in your teeth (as anyone who’s ever posed for a post-Tday dinner selfie knows) and if left unchecked, could actually turn into bacteria.
Thanks in part to the popularity of the paleo diet, sweet potatoes have become a kitchen staple. And we’re not surprised. Not only are they high in protein and low on the glycemic index, but they’re rich in Vitamins A and C, which helps keep your gums healthy. Plus, they’re delicious! Just don’t inhale tons of the candied nuts and marshmallows people love to heap on top of them.
Don’t Eat Cranberry Sauce
It’s fruit, right? How bad can it be? Well, plenty, if you’re talking about what it does to your teeth. Cranberries are naturally tart, so sugar can be a main ingredient of this sweet, gelatinous dish. Plus, it’s sticky, acidic and can stain your teeth. Stay away from the sauce and serve yourself an extra helping of yams instead!
For many people, Thanksgiving is all about the food. And when it comes to your oral health, there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you make smart choices for T-day and make sure to rinse, brush or floss after your meal!