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Is Thanksgiving food BAD for you??

The short answer is it could be!  But, that does not mean you cannot partake! 

Many traditional Thanksgiving foods can be slightly harmful for your teeth, but there’s hope. As long as you take care of your teeth, you can indulge, especially since it’s only once a year.

It seems that the general public tend to know what foods or drinks are good and bad for you. 

What do you do when you don’t know? Go ask the professionals!  Several websites offer great advice for navigating your holiday meals. 

Some of the worst foods to partake of on your holiday retreat would be starchy and sugary foods.  Items like candied yams, stuffing, candied nuts, and rolls all contain sugar or starch.  These can help feed the bacteria responsible for cavities.  And yes, unfortunately, this includes the infamous pecan pie!  It’s always best to eat these foods followed by a swish of water or even brushing, if possible. 

Another cavity culprit is soda!  We should all know by now that soda contains sugar and acids that help bacteria hosting the perfect environment to thrive.  Again, if you drink soda, swish with water or brush, if possible.

Now that we have an idea of what foods to either avoid or swish after eating, let’s look at foods that might actually be good for your teeth! 

The following advice is available on www.colgate.com about the best foods for your oral health around this grateful holiday.

Some foods that actually combat the bacteria include some holiday appetizers like cheese, raw veggies, and mixed nuts. 

Cheese helps buffer the acid that is needed to break down foods, but this acid can have a negative effect on your teeth if left too long.  Eating cheese after drinking soda, for example, would help prevent those negative effects caused by the acid in soda.  We also recommend indulging in fresh fruit trays.  These can meet your sweet treat needs, but not create damage to your oral health. 

Lastly, let’s talk about drinks. Although there are several options to quench your thirst around the holidays, there are two main drinks that we would recommend: water and tea. 

Water is always the best choice when you are thirsty, holiday or not.  Tea contains fluoride and helps keep you hydrated, a home run for oral health!

So, eat well, drink well, and make great Thanksgiving meal choices. You will have those pearly whites for many Thanksgivings to come!


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