Since we could chew, we’ve heard the alarming statistics about Thanksgiving Day calories. Each year, Americans eat three times the amount of calories in one day than we’re supposed to (6,000 calories)! Other than a small bellyache and a long nap, what else is affected on Thanksgiving? You guessed it: your teeth.
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Your plate is filled with delicious Thanksgiving food: turkey, cranberry sauce, yams, mac and cheese, and grandma’s secret-recipe pumpkin pie. But, what is that yummy Thanksgiving food doing to your teeth?
Thanksgiving & Your Teeth: The Good, The Bad & The Delicious
It’s safe to assume that your first thought about Thanksgiving is probably about the mouth-watering food you’re about to consume. And that’s okay! Check out the good and the bad about five famous Thanksgiving dishes:
Gobble up that protein but make sure to floss after your feast. Turkey is notorious for getting stuck between your teeth.
Enjoy this tarty tradition but be aware of the cranberry’s acidity. Brush your teeth roughly one hour after eating cranberry sauce. (If you brush your teeth too quickly after consuming this tarty treat, it can actually damage your enamel due to the acidic element already on your teeth).
Not only are yams delicious, they are full of Vitamins A and C (great for maintaining gum health). However, many people add marshmallows to this dish which easily sticks to your enamel. Make sure to drink a lot of water and rinse your mouth to avoid the negative effects of sugar.
Macaroni & Cheese
This favorite (for kids and adults!) is high in calcium thanks to two of the main ingredients, cheese and milk. However, pasta can be high in starch which, if left for too long, can contribute to decay.
What would Thanksgiving be without the delicious dessert pumpkin pie? This pie has a lot of Vitamin A which helps build your tooth’s enamel. However, this sugary dish can have negative effects if you don’t brush your teeth after eating.
Whatever dishes your family chooses to eat this year, it’s important to remember to drink plenty of water, brush your teeth, and floss after you’re done with your Thanksgiving meal. Dr. Strandburg and the team wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving!