This holiday season let’s thank our teeth for the many years of good service and protect them from future decay and acidic erosion. That means don’t give up the merriment and parties but consider how seasonal food and drinks affect the oral environment.
Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around a traditional meal, but not all feast day treats are good for the health of your teeth and gums. Here is an easy guide to help maintain your dental health and still enjoy this Thanksgiving.
Best Thanksgiving Foods Turkey
This poultry dish has B vitamins and protein, which are essential for your body functions. Whether you like white or dark meat, turkey has no carbohydrates and therefore is a friend to your teeth. Just make sure to floss between your teeth to get out any trapped bits that might irritate your gums.
Green Bean Casserole
This dish contains mouth-strengthening vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, which are necessary for your saliva production and gum health.
Be sure to consume plenty of alkaline water during and after your meal to wash down any food and sugar that may linger on and between your teeth that would otherwise encourage bacteria to thrive. Drinking plenty of water will also help your mouth to stay hydrated and fight bad breath and dry mouth.
Bingeing on alcohol and soda creates an acidic oral environment. After you are done indulging consider a 5-day Alkaline Oral Cleanse. It’s a great way to kickstart fresh breath and detoxifies the post-holiday hangover dry mouth!
Worst Thanksgiving Foods Dinner Rolls
The starchy carbohydrates in dinner rolls are not good for your teeth because it is exactly what bacteria like to feed on. Fed bacteria accumulate into plaque and release enamel-damaging acid.
Cranberries contain gum-strengthening vitamin C, cranberry sauce typically contains high amounts of sugar, which will increase your risk of cavities. Its acidity also can soften your enamel, making it prone to erosion. Be sure to eat this condiment in moderation and rinse after dinner with an Alkaline Oral Cleanse.
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins A and C. The problem is that on Thanksgiving, they are often prepared with a lot of sugar and topped with marshmallows your teeth.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Pecan pie, a gooey seasonal favorite made with a lot of trouble-causing sugar and sticky nuts that can get stuck to teeth.
After the Holiday Hangover, Consider a 5-day Alkaline Oral Cleanse
Our advice this holiday season is to eat your once-a-year holiday favorites in moderation. Drink lots of alkaline water to wash it all down and consider a 5-day Alkaline Oral Cleanse with Alka-white Mouthwash to balance the mouth microbiome. Contact us if you have any dental-related questions.
Holistic-dentists.com wishes you a safe and happy 2020 Thanksgiving!