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Protect Your Teeth on Turkey Day

Many people think that most of their favorite Thanksgiving foods are bad for their oral health, but you’re in luck with this holiday! From turkeys to desserts, here are the Thanksgiving foods that can make your teeth happy.

Turkey is a Thanksgiving staple! Turkey is high in protein and contains vitamin B, which helps reduce inflammation in your mouth. So enjoy your turkey feast; however, because turkey can sometimes be stringy, make sure you floss after eating.

Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamin A, which supports your saliva flow, and vitamin C helps keep your gums healthy and teeth firmly attached. But limit your consumption if they are prepared with added sugar. However, suppose you used sweet potatoes for a casserole with marshmallows and brown sugar. In that case, your month’s bacteria will enjoy the sugary topping and produce an acid byproduct that will eat away at your tooth enamel. Weakened enamel can lead to sensitive teeth, tooth discoloration, and tooth decay!

Green Bean Casserole is a side dish that you should feel free to gobble up. Between its green beans, mushrooms, and onions, you’ll get a bunch of vitamins, as well as vitamin K, which will help reduce your risk of bleeding gums, and vitamin D allows your body to absorb enamel-strengthening calcium. Just be sure to floss afterward because these sticky ingredients can get caught in between your teeth like turkey.

Cranberry Sauce contains potassium, which helps maintain the optimal mineral content in your bones and teeth. But be sure only to eat low-sugar homemade cranberry sauce since store-bought or canned ones often have a lot of added sugar.

Pumpkin Pie is the traditional Thanksgiving dessert. High in vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, pumpkin helps keep your enamel and gums healthy. 

We at Cosmo Insurance Agency hope you enjoy your holiday feast with your loved ones. Don’t forget to schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning. If you have any questions about getting dental insurance, contact us today to get a free quote.

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