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The Thanksgiving Feast & Your Teeth

It’s the feast that we wait for all year long—Thanksgiving is upon us!

With some help from The American Dental Association, we are breaking down all the elements of the typical Thanksgiving feast and their impacts on your teeth.

The main attraction—the turkey—offers an excellent source of protein. Similarly, yams, green beans, and pumpkins dished in casseroles and other sides are filled with important nutrients, such as Vitamins A and C.

And as for the beloved mashed potatoes and gravy, don’t feel too badly eating these because potatoes are packed with potassium. Although the gravy topping tends to diminish the overall healthiness of the dish, simply eat this in moderation. (Tis the enjoy the season after all!)

We all know that our favorite Thanksgiving desserts often ooze with sugar. And yes, the sugar contents in pumpkin, pecan, apple, and all other assortments of pies are not the best for our pearly whites.

It’s important to keep an eye out for other sources of sugar on the Thanksgiving table. For example, while that yam side dish is fairly healthy, that delicious marshmellow coating on its surface can contain excessive amounts of sugar.

In addition to moderate intake of these sugary foods, be sure to come prepared with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Flossing and brushing after you eat, especially sugary foods, is a helpful measure you can take for your oral care.

These tools also come in handy should any veiny foods, like green beans, get stuck in your teeth or any sticky foods, like cranberry sauce, cause a temporary teeth stain over the course of the evening.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Emily Stout D.D.S. General Dentistry!


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