At Thanksgiving we have a lot to be thankful for- great family and friends to share the holiday with, good health and good food. Our thanksgiving traditions center around a bountiful, hearty meal. But did you know it can not only be delicious but also healthy for your teeth and gums? A delicious Thanksgiving feast can include various vitamins and nutrients that are important to our oral health, which include vitamins A, B6, C, D, phosphorous, and calcium:
- Turkey is high in phosphorous, which is not only
healthy for developing teeth but can actually rebuild and
remineralize teeth and bones of the jaw;
- Cranberries contain flavonoids that prevent bacteria from
sticking to teeth and forming plaque responsible for tooth
decay and periodontal disease;
- Sweet potatoes are filled with Vitamins A, C and B6 and
are digested faster by the body than white potatoes;
- Green and winter vegetables are great sources for gum
health and repair of periodontal disease;
- Pumpkin pies are loaded with vitamin C and calcium
important for gum health and developing teeth and
maintenance of bones.
A healthy smile starts with good nutrition and prevention. We have so much to be thankful for, so lets hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Don’t forget to call Oshins of Smiles to find out about out holiday gift giving ideas and specials that will assure you and your loved ones keep smiling!
With Oshins of Smiles,
– Dr. Steven Oshins