Thanksgiving is a cherished holiday where we are encouraged to gather with family and friends and be reminded of what we’re grateful for while enjoying a spread of delicious food. The holiday season is a time when your dental health can really be put in jeopardy. If you want to make sure that you’re doing the best you can for your dental health this Thanksgiving, then these tooth-friendly Thanksgiving dishes are must-makes.

Glazed Carrots

Carrots are packed with fiber and vitamin B, making them exceptional for saliva production and flow. Not only does the increase in saliva help keep your teeth clear of cavity-causing bacteria, but it also helps to kill bacteria and promote remineralization, which is the process to re-embolden your teeth’s enamel. There are a multitude of ways to enjoy these quintessential orange veggies, but our favorite way is simply glazing them for a delicious and healthy option to pair with your other Thanksgiving dishes.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

While sweet potatoes are among the most delicious vegetables, they are also a super food when it comes to dental health. They contain many of the vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal dental health such as vitamins B, C and D. These vitamins are all essential for promoting saliva production, preventing gingivitis and decreasing bone and tooth loss. It seems that orange vegetables are best for tooth-friendly Thanksgiving dinners, but adding a little bit of color to your table isn’t going to hurt.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

When it comes to tooth-friendly Thanksgiving dishes that are delicious and good for your dental health, there are few options more appealing than Brussels sprouts. These healthy green vegetables are an excellent addition to any dinner table, even beyond Thanksgiving, for several reasons. They are jam-packed with fiber, which is great for your digestive system, but the fibrous texture also scrubs your teeth in a similar way a toothbrush would. Brussels sprouts are also high in vitamin B which helps prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

While there are many other vegetables that will allow for a tooth-friendly Thanksgiving, these three are sure to be some of the most delicious and easiest options. Your family will be shocked to hear that while they are eating a delicious Thanksgiving meal, they are also ensuring optimal dental health through the holidays. Contact your local Hometown Dental office to schedule an appointment for your post-holiday dental cleaning!

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