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The Healthiest Thanksgiving Food for Your Smile

Published on November 13th, 2018

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is around the corner! It’s a day filled with great food and spending time with friends and family, but have you stopped to think about how the food you’re enjoying has an impact on your oral health? Our dentist in West Loop and Bloomingdale, Chicago wants to help educate you on the best and worst Thanksgiving dishes for your teeth.

The Turkey

The turkey is the star of the show. It is packed with protein, which is always a good thing. However, turkey can also get stuck in between your teeth, which can be difficult to remove. Make sure that you floss after Thanksgiving dinner to get rid of any excess pieces of turkey.

Yams

Yams are another highlight of Thanksgiving dinner. They are rich in vitamins A and C, which are essential to keeping your gums healthy. However, be aware of the marshmallows that are sometimes on top of the yams, as their sticky texture can stay on your teeth longer and end up causing damage.

Cranberries

What’s Thanksgiving dinner without cranberries in some form? Try to enjoy this food in moderation, as it can be sticky, acidic and can even temporarily stain your teeth.

After you indulge in a great meal, make sure to schedule a reservation with our dentist in West Loop Chicago or Bloomingdale!

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