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With fall in full swing and Thanksgiving around the corner, we hope you plan your holiday festivities with your oral health in mind. Thankfully, traditional holiday fare this season already includes tooth-friendly food. Let’s take a look:

Turkey: Turkey is one of the healthiest foods on the table as it is packed with phosphorous protein for healthy teeth. Just floss afterward to remove any stuck food particles.

Mashed Potatoes: These vegetables are packed with potassium, Vitamin C, and B6. Rinse well after eating to get rid of the starchy residue.

Yams: If your sweet potatoes aren’t topped with marshmallows, they are good for your smile as they are packed with vitamins A and C, which are good for your gums. If your yams are candied, go ahead and eat them with your meal instead of a snack and drink lots of water to rinse the sugary debris away.

Cranberry sauce: Naturally tart, this Thanksgiving tradition usually comes with sugary additives. Limit this sugary content by eating it with a meal instead of snacking on it.

Green Bean Casserole: This traditional Thanksgiving side dish is packed with mushrooms and onions, along with green beans and all three are good for you.

Brussel Sprouts: These tiny cabbages are packed with vitamins A, C, and K, which are good for your gums, along with calcium which is good for your teeth.

Pumpkin Pie: This fall favorite is loaded with Vitamin A, fiber, and potassium so your tooth enamel and gums benefit. The problem is that it’s also loaded with sugar, both in the pie and the whipped cream topping. Eat it with your meal instead of snacking on it and brush and floss when you are done to remove the sugary film.

This holiday season, be thankful for your smile and take good care of your oral health. Stay on top of your daily oral hygiene routine for healthy teeth and gums all year round!

It’s not too late to take advantage of your end-of-year dental insurance benefits. Our Shoals Smile by Design team in Muscle Shoals, Alabama is happy to schedule an appointment for you to keep your smile safe and sound. Just call 256-314-0676 today.