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As the Thanksgiving holidays draw closer, we invite you to plan your holiday festivities by also keeping your oral health in mind. Fortunately, the Thanksgiving menu is traditionally filled with tooth-friendly food. Let’s take a closer look:

Turkey: This main entree is rich in phosphorous in protein for healthier teeth.

Mashed Potatoes: This delectable side dish is packed with potassium, Vitamin C, and B6. You do want to rinse the starchy residue off afterward.

Yams: This dish is tricky. If it isn’t filled with marshmallows, it is very good for your smile. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins A and C, which are healthy for the gums. You can eat candied yams with your meal, however, to lessen the sugar bath on your teeth.

Cranberry sauce: This tart fruit is traditionally served in sugary additives. Eat this side with your meal instead of snacking on it alone.

Green Bean Casserole: This delicious dish is made with mushrooms and onions, along with green beans, all of which are very good for your smile.

Brussel Sprouts: These miniature cabbages are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, which are good for the gums, as well as calcium, which is good for your pearly whites.

Pumpkin Pie: This autumnal favorite is rich in Vitamin A, fiber, and potassium which benefits tooth enamel and gums. But, it is usually sugar laden as well, both the pie itself and the whipped cream topping. You can lessen the impact on your smile by eating it with your meal, not snacking on it. Be sure to brush and floss afterward to get rid of the sugary aftermath.

This Thanksgiving, remember to show your gratitude to your smile by taking good care of your teeth and gums. Brush and floss daily, no matter how busy or tired you may be, to keep your smile healthy all year round.

To take advantage of your end-of-year dental insurance benefits, we encourage you to schedule a cleaning with one of our dentists, Dr. Tran Dang and Dr. Blair Whitt. Our Forever Teeth team in Decatur and Azle, Texas, are ready to get you in to give your smile the care it deserves. Just call 940-626-4441 today!