Thanksgiving Tips to Know for Happy and Healthy Teeth

Thanksgiving Tips to Know for Happy and Healthy Teeth

November 8, 2022

Thanksgiving is one of the most famous holidays of the year in the United States. It’s a time for gathering with the dear ones to give thanks and enjoy a sumptuous meal. There are Thanksgiving foods that the Middleburg family dentist’s office suggests to make your teeth strong and happy.

Turkey Day Food Tips that Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Here we will highlight the foods best for your dental health.


Turkey is one of the most common dishes on Thanksgiving day. It is loaded with protein that helps to create and repair tissues throughout the body and keeps the teeth healthy. Turkey also has vitamin B, which minimizes inflammation in the mouth. Besides this, turkey is also rich in the following nutrients:

  • Selenium (increases hormone production).
  • Antioxidants (fights hard diseases and cancer).
  • Folic acid (good for mental health).

Pumpkin Pie

Another good food for your teeth is pumpkin pie. Pumpkin includes vitamin c and calcium which are known to keep up your dental health. It also contains zinc which is effective for people suffering from gum bleeding.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent superfood loaded with essential nutrients that are good for your dental health and body. They have Vitamin-A, which generates keratin to protect the tooth enamel. It contains iron, which is good for the immune system, and magnesium, which improves your mental health. But avoid sweet potatoes with added maple syrup.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Avoid canned cranberry sauce because it is high in sugar content. So, choose homemade cranberries without added sugar. This delicious delicacy is an excellent cavity fighter.

Green Beans

Green beans will serve as a natural toothbrush. It helps to eradicate the excess plate from the teeth. This vegetable also allows the individual to enhance heart health, strengthen bones and maintain a healthy weight.


Pecans are another good Thanksgiving staple. They have calcium and phosphorus that keep up your dental health. But, since they contain nuts, be aware while chewing them. It’s because if you bite too fast, it results in chipping on your teeth.

Homemade Yams

Yams include vitamin C and vitamin A. Both are essential for promoting gum health. But be careful of the canned varieties because they usually contain sugar and other processed ingredients. All of them are more likely to stick to the teeth and lead to rotting. Whether you eat candied yams or not, the dentists at Susquehanna Valley Dental Group recommend you take a fresh glass of water afterward.

Cheese and Macaroni

Macaroni and cheese can be starchy. It leaves sugar behind the teeth. So, make sure you try to consume only a single portion. Also, brush your teeth and afterward pay extra care to the back of the teeth.

Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes contain Vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C. All of them help to make teeth strong. But potatoes are also starchy. Therefore, we advise you to avoid gravy. Also, swish some water around in your mouth or brush your teeth after eating mashed potatoes.

Pear Slices with Yogurt Dip

Slice up some pears and pair them with a yummy dip of honey, cinnamon, and Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt contains phosphates and calcium that strengthen your teeth. However, fresh pears fight the acid on the teeth.

Raw Vegetables

Munching on the raw vegetable forms saliva. It helps to rinse away the bacteria in the mouth.


Dairy products have low amounts of sugar and acid. It has calcium that helps to make teeth strong.

Sesame Oil

Try to add a bit of sesame oil to green beans or other vegetables. It will help you prevent the build-up of plaque and gingivitis.

Thanks to Your Dentist for Giving Healthy Teeth and Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Maintaining optimal dental health, especially on Thanksgiving is vital. It is celebrated on the last day of November. Did you know 92% of people in America had tooth decay at some point in their life?

Thanksgiving is an ideal occasion to give thanks for everything in your life. So, besides fun and feasting, say “thanks” to the dentist for maintaining your oral health. Make sure you floss once a day, brush your teeth twice a day, and fix regular dental appointments at our dental clinic.

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