Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most memorable holidays of the year. How could you not look forward to all of the dishes that are prepared and the time spent with family? The downside to the d
elicious dishes that are prepared are the various ingredients that do more damage than good to your smile. If you are the one that is preparing dinner for your friends and family, or even if you are just looking for a great dish to bring to the party, there are a few ways that you can create meals that are both delicious and prioritize your family dental care.
Reduce the Sugar
A lot of the foods that are prepared on Thanksgiving – the cranberry sauce, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes and pie – are all pretty high in sugar. When too much sugar is consumed, it sticks to our teeth and breaks down the enamel. On top of that, it increases the chances of getting a cavity during this season. While skipping out on the sugar entirely might be difficult, you can definitely find ways to reduce it. Follow sweet treats with a glass of water or monitor your portions, but you can also switch out sugar for substitutes that cause less decay, like xylitol.
Add a Touch of Color
The best way to add a bit of color and flavor to your Thanksgiving dinner is to add fresh vegetables to your meal. Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that benefit your smile, and are absolutely wonderful for you. Any leafy green is going to be great for strong teeth because of the calcium that they have, and any red or orange vegetables are great for your gums because of the Vitamin C they contain. This provides for a selection and some great additions that benefit your dental care.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Acid foods break down enamel the same way that sugar does, so it’s best to avoid these types of food during the meal as well. While it’s much easier to pick out the sweet foods in the Thanksgiving meal, there are plenty of acidic foods that are also a part of the meal. Any wine that is added to the meal, cranberry sauce or any foods that are highly salted or contain nuts, can break down the enamel of your teeth as well.
There’s no way to entirely remove these ingredients from your Thanksgiving dinner, and you shouldn’t have to. The best way to enjoy these foods and still maintain a great smile is by enjoying them and having plenty of water throughout the meal to lessen the impact of the ingredients. Aside from that, make sure that you brush thoroughly about an hour and a half after enjoying your meal. Then you can have the best of both worlds! Or as we like to say, have your pie and eat it too!