Why the Thanksgiving Bird is Tooth-Friendly

Thanksgiving is a time to feast with family and friends. Luckily, turkey is a great oral-health food because it’s protein-rich.1 Protein has phosphorus in it – and when the phosphorus mixes with calcium and vitamin D, it creates strong bones and teeth.2 So even though eating a Thanksgiving feast can make you sleepy, turkey is a healthy option for a great smile.

Not all Thanksgiving foods are so tooth-friendly, though. Cranberry sauce is high in sugar, so plaque and other bacteria on your teeth “feed” off any sauce particles left in your mouth, producing acid that wears away tooth enamel.1 Fortunately, dried cranberries and cranberry sauce are typically eaten during the Thanksgiving meal and not by themselves; other foods help keep the sugar from sticking to teeth by increasing saliva flow, which helps rid the mouth of leftover food particles.3

When in doubt, seek out the veggie tray. Crunchy foods like celery and carrots are particularly helpful.

This Thanksgiving, enjoy your turkey guilt-free. If you do indulge in sweets, remember to brush and floss after the meal so you’ll have something to be thankful for into December – good oral hygiene!

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21393

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