Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Dental Tips

Thanksgiving is just around the corner...a delicious turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry relish, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, sugary drinks and more desserts! Don't get us wrong, we at the dental office indulge once in awhile too, but it's important to remember your oral health after a day of eating delicious holiday sweets.

If you're looking for a few tips on how to keep not only your smile healthy but also your waistline, consider the following.



  • Try to avoid a lot of starchy foods. These foods contain a lot of sugars which we all know are bad for our health and teeth. It's OK to have a dinner roll but try not to over indulge!
  • Sweet potatoes. A classic Thanksgiving side dish. If you can, make them yourself and avoid using marshmallows. Although sweet potatoes are delicious with the extra sweetener, it can be a sneaky sugar in your meal that you could eliminate easily.
  • If your family eats a green bean casserole, have you ever tried making it without canned soups? Eliminating these can eliminate extra carbs, sugars and high sodium intakes. Here's a recipe you can try out: http://bit.ly/1rUWqlj
  • If the first few tips are not an option, have you tried a gluten free stuffing? Trying this will also help eliminate sugars in your feast! 
  • Try to drink lots of water prior to eating your Thanksgiving meal. It will help fill your tummy a little and you won't eat quite as much and you won't have to add an extra notch to your belt or slip into those Thanksgiving "fat pants" for the night.
  • Finally, when you're finished with your meal, relax with your family of course! But don't forget to brush and floss after. This will ensure any sugars that were in your Thanksgiving diet are removed from your teeth and gums and as a result plaque and build up will be eliminated.

If you're looking for more great healthy Thanksgiving recipes, we recommend thefoodnetwork.com . They have so many tasty options that you, your family and friends will love!


Here's a great plate example for a balanced Thanksgiving meal.

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