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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. This Thanksgiving we will all sit down to a bountiful feast but did you know not only can it 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. These include Vitamins A, C, D, phosphorous, and calcium. Eating a nutritious meal will benefit not only your oral health but your entire health as a whole.

Best Thanksgiving Foods to Eat for Good Oral Health

-Turkey is high in phosphorous. The phosphorous is not only healthy for developing teeth but can actually help rebuild and re mineralize teeth and bones of the jaw.

-Sweet potatoes are filled with nutrients including vitamins A, C, and B6. Sweet potatoes are thought to be much healthier and nutritious than regular white potatoes as they are digested faster by the body.

-Green and winter vegetables are great sources of vitamins A and C. These vitamins are important for gum health and repair of periodontal diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis).

-Cranberries contain flavonoids. These can prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth and forming plaque. Bacteria (and their acid byproducts) are responsible tooth decay and periodontal disease. Most cranberry side dishes contain high amounts of sugar. Try sweetening with agave, stevia, or splenda.

-Pumpkin pies are loaded with vitamin C and Calcium. Vitamins that are important for gum health and developing teeth and maintenance of bones. Remember, pies have high sugar, so make sure to brush after!

Health for your entire body including your smile starts with good nutrition and prevention. We all have so much to be thankful for, so let’s hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!!

Many people often overlook the need to “feed” our smiles to keep them healthy. Feeding our smiles is just like feeding our bodies. If we eat poorly, our general and dental health will deteriorate over time. Just like our bodies, our teeth need certain essential vitamins and minerals to stay as healthy as possible. Below you will find a few that support good dental health.

Essential Vitamins And Minerals

-Calcium. Almost 100% of the calcium in our bodies is stored in our bones and teeth. Calcium provides structural support for our bones and teeth. A reduction in calcium can lead to periodontal disease and tooth decay (as well as possibly osteoporosis over time). Good sources of calcium include milk, yogurt, cheese, and kale

-Iron. Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies. Low iron can lead to an inflamed tongue (glossitis), bald or cracked tongue, development of mouth sores, and cracked teeth due to an incredible urge to chew ice. Good sources of iron include red meat and Liver.

-Vitamin A. Helps maintain good salivary flow. Saliva is important to wash away oral bacteria and excess food particles along the gumline and between the teeth. Good sources include sweet potatoes, melons, and spinach.

-Vitamin B3 (Niacin). Vitamin B3 helps your body convert food into energy and helps your nervous system function properly. This essential nutrient can lead to excessively bad breath and canker sores in the mouth. Good sources include chicken and fish.

-Vitamin B12 and B2 (Riboflavin). Consuming Vitamin B12 and B2 can reduce your risk of developing canker sores. Good sources of vitamin B2 include red meat, chicken, liver, pork, yogurt, and cheese. Good sources of vitamin B12 include pasta, spinach, and almonds.

-Vitamin C: This vitamin is not only helpful for your immune system, but it also plays a crucial role in protecting your gum tissue from developing gingivitis. Good sources of vitamin C include red peppers and oranges.

-Vitamin D: This vitamin is one of the most important vitamins for your oral health. It’s the vitamin that supports the absorption of calcium. A deficiency of vitamin D, can lead to the development of “burning mouth” syndrome. This syndrome causes a burning sensation in the mouth along with the possibility of dry mouth and a change in taste (metallic taste). Good sources of Vitamin D include milk with egg yolk or fish to increase Vitamin D intake

Vitamins And Minerals Conclusion

Maintaining a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is a great first step to supporting your oral health at any age. Diet is often overlooked in its role in maintaining dental health but it is very important to create a good foundation for good dental health. Better to be proactive then reactive when it comes to our health.

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. This Thanksgiving we will all sit down to a bountiful feast but did you know not only can it 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. These include Vitamins A, C, D, phosphorous, and calcium. Eating a nutritious meal will benefit not only your oral health but your entire health as a whole.

Best Thanksgiving Foods to Eat for Good Oral Health

-Turkey is high in phosphorous. The phosphorous is not only healthy for developing teeth but can actually help rebuild and re mineralize teeth and bones of the jaw.

-Sweet potatoes are filled with nutrients including vitamins A, C, and B6. Sweet potatoes are thought to be much healthier and nutritious than regular white potatoes as they are digested faster by the body.

-Green and winter vegetables are great sources of vitamins A and C. These vitamins are important for gum health and repair of periodontal diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis).

-Cranberries contain flavonoids. These can prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth and forming plaque. Bacteria (and their acid byproducts) are responsible tooth decay and periodontal disease. Most cranberry side dishes contain high amounts of sugar. Try sweetening with agave, stevia, or splenda.

-Pumpkin pies are loaded with vitamin C and Calcium. Vitamins that are important for gum health and developing teeth and maintenance of bones. Remember, pies have high sugar, so make sure to brush after!

Health for your entire body including your smile starts with good nutrition and prevention. We all have so much to be thankful for, so let’s hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!!

An often overlooked area to improve our dental health is regular use of chewing gum. It is important to choose the right type of gum for the job. We do not always have the time or means to fully clean our teeth after eating. Here are some suggestions.

Types Of Chewing Gum

-Gum Containing Sugar.  When chewing gum containing sugar, you are releasing sugar into the mouth. This gives the natural oral bacteria in your mouth  food to feed upon to multiply and grow. This can lead to tooth decay if not properly removed. There are studies that show that if you continue to chew the gum for a bit after the initial sugar is displaced, the increased saliva flow may negate the effects of the initial sugar release. This means you need to chew sugar gum after the sweet flavor is gone to have any effect.

-Gum Containing Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame or Sucralose). By chewing gum with an artificial sweetener you will not release the harmful sugars into your mouth. The benefit of chewing this type of gum means you get the full effect of chewing gum quickly. This effect is saliva stimulation which can wash away food debris and bacteria in the mouth. Chewing sugar free gum for 10-15 minutes after eating can have a tremendous benefit to your oral health.

-Gum Containing Xylitol. Chewing gum sweetened with xylitol creates an uninviting environment for oral bacteria. The bacteria simply cannot attach themselves to teeth in a xylitol rich environment.  This is the mechanism by which xyltiol protects the teeth from tooth decay. With Xylitol, the acid attack that would otherwise last for over half an hour is stopped. The bacteria in the mouth that are causing cavities are unable to digest xylitol, so their growth is greatly reduced. The number of acid producing bacteria may decrease by as much as 90%. No acid is formed because the pH of saliva and plaque does not drop ( a drop in ph is what normally happens after eating sugar and carbs). After taking xylitol, the bacteria do not stick well to the surface of the teeth and as a result, the amount of plaque decreases. Many people are not aware of this ancillary benefit because such a claim labels xylitol as a drug. This crosses a legal boundary not allowed by the FDA. It has been recommended that you chew a piece of xylitol gum after every meal or snack to gain maximum benefit to your teeth.

When sugarfree gum is not available, sugarfree breath mints can also help increase your saliva flow. The mints however, do not have the added benefit of stickiness to help pull sugar and carbohydrates off of the teeth. Drinking a full glass of water, swishing and swallowing can also help when you are unable to brush.

**Be sure to read labels. You may find that sugar is labeled zero with or without an asterick. This just means that there are under .5 grams of sugar per serving. Tic Tac has gotten away with this by having a serving be 1 tic tac which is .49 g. So even though the tic tac is actually 97% sugar, they are able to label the sugar as zero. Look at the list of ingredients not the quick glance nutrition label.**

Dental Hygiene Tips

-Brush, Floss, Rinse Every Day. We all know this already, but do we do it properly? These simple tasks are often overlooked in our busy schedules. Brushing at least 2x per day for 2 minutes each time along with flossing at least once per day and rinsing with an antibacterial or fluoride rinse will be a great start to a healthy smile.

-Avoid Sugary Foods And Drinks. Foods high in sugar give the oral bacteria the nutrition it needs to create an acidic environment inside your mouth and can lead to harmful tooth decay.

-Get Plenty Of Vitamin C. A diet deficient in vitamin C can lead to dental health issues like loose teeth and bleeding gum. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits. Important to note that citrus fruits are highly acidic so you should rinse with water afterwards to neutralize the acids so as not to harm your teeth.

-Choose Crunchy Foods. While not a replacement for dental floss, eating hard, crunchy raw foods (like carrots, celery, nuts, and apples) can naturally clean your teeth and freshen your breath.

-Get Your Daily Amount Of Calcium. This will not only keep your teeth strong but also the bones in your body. Good sources of Calcium include milk, soybeans, and cheese. Also, ensure you get enough vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium properly. A good source of vitamin D is from the sun. So get outside and exercise!

-Drink Lots Of Water. Drinking water throughout the day will keep your teeth and body healthy and hydrated. Water is far better for you than any other beverage you can drink.  Rinsing after every meal or snack with water will help maintain your dental health. The water can neutralize the acids being produced by the oral bacteria. This will in turn limit the amount of tooth decay that can occur.

-See Your Dentist Regularly. Seems like an easy one but often neglected. It is important to not only get your teeth professionally cleaned but also to ward off any problems while in their earliest stages.

Chewing Gum Conclusion

There are lots of things that should be part of our daily routine to maintain our dental health. Those looking for maximum benefit should incorporate chewing gum into their routine. The benefits will lead to cleaner teeth, fresher breath, fewer cavities, and a lifetime of smiles.