Family, fellowship and food are just a few of the reasons why we love Thanksgiving. While the food may be flowing at the Turkey Day table, the smiles are too! Believe it or not, your teeth love Thanksgiving just as much as you. Here are the top 3 reasons your teeth love Turkey Day:
- Pumpkins. Pumpkins are decorative and delicious, but did you know they’re good for your teeth too? Pumpkin pulp is filled with enamel-building Vitamin A, fiber and potassium. Your chompers love all parts of the pumpkin – including their seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium, a nutrient that can strengthen teeth. Pumpkins aren’t just for eating – they make fabulous decorations for your Turkey Day table. Make a pumpkin party cooler, custom centerpiece, or place card holders. The pumpkin possibilities are endless!
- Protein. Turkey is unarguably the main attraction of the Thanksgiving table. Turkey is loaded with protein, making it a fan favorite for both your body and smile. Protein has phosphorus in it, and when phosphorus mixes with calcium and vitamin D, it creates strong bones and teeth. So even though eating a Thanksgiving feast can make you sleepy, you can rest assured that turkey is a healthy option for a great smile.
- Produce. Turkey may be the star of the table, but sides dishes can shine too. We love all veggies, but our Thanksgiving favorites are the ones filled with nutrients and fiber. Nutrients (like carbs, fats and proteins) build strong bones and teeth, while fiber stimulates salvia flow, which acts as a defense against cavities. Remember to take it easy on butter-heavy veggie dishes, such as casseroles. Try making oven-roasted asparagus, balsamic carrots or these delicious collard greens.
Keep moderation in mind as you sink your teeth into yet another wonderful holiday meal. Happy Thanksgiving!