Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving

By |November 9th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving

We are quickly approaching the most famous food-related holiday – Thanksgiving! Because much of the buzz gets put on overeating, oftentimes the health and nutritional benefits of dinner get missed.

Colgate released a list of dishes that are healthy options for your Thanksgiving meal:

Appetizers:

  • Cheese, veggies and nuts. Plates of various cheeses, mixed nuts, and raw veggies are the perfect way to hold over your family and friends while the main course is being prepared. Cheese and nuts contain calcium that builds strength and helps to prevent cavities. Chewing nuts and raw vegetables produce excess saliva that ultimately helps wash away bacteria and prevent tooth decay.

Main Course:

  • Sautéed green beans. This dish perfectly accompanies the turkey. Colgate suggests using sesame oil to sauté the beans, as sesame oil has been proven to reduce the effects of plaque.

Dessert:

  • Pear and apple slices with honey-yogurt dip. Prepare the dip by combining a cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve with your favorite selection of sliced pears and apples. Fresh pears and apples help to neutralize the acid on the surface of teeth, and calcium helps to strengthen teeth.

Beverages:

  • Tap water and tea. While the holidays are a time to treat yourself, it is important to continue to drink lots of water. Tap water contains fluoride that helps preserve the enamel of your teeth. Green and black tea kill bacteria, which ultimately fight cavities and prevents tooth decay.

Stick with these tips and your teeth will be in great shape for the entire holiday season.