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Thanksgiving Dining Helps Keep Your Smile Shining

November 26, 2014

Enjoying a bountiful Thanksgiving feast with family and friends not only nourishes your body and soul – and it can also help fortify your smile.     

1.    Pumpkins

Pumpkins are decorative and delicious, but did you know they’re good for your teeth? Pumpkin pulp is filled with enamel-building vitamin A, fiber and potassium. So, enjoy that slice of pumpkin pie! And, pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium, a nutrient that can strengthen teeth.

Pumpkins aren’t just for eating – they make fabulous decorations for your Turkey Day table. Make a pumpkin party cooler, custom centerpiece or place card holders. The pumpkin possibilities are endless! 

2.    Protein

Turkey is unarguably the main attraction at the Thanksgiving table. It’s loaded with protein, which has phosphorus in it. When phosphorus mixes with calcium and vitamin D, it creates strong bones and teeth.

Although turkey can make you sleepy, rest assured that it’s a healthy option for a great smile. 

3.    Produce

Turkey may be the star of the table, but side dishes can shine as well. We love all veggies, but our Thanksgiving favorites are the ones filled with nutrients and fiber. Nutrients like carbs, fats and proteins, build strong bones and teeth, while fiber stimulates salvia flow, which acts as a defense against cavities.

Remember to take it easy on butter-heavy veggie dishes, such as casseroles. Try making oven-roasted asparagus, balsamic carrots or these delicious collard greens.

Keep moderation in mind as you sink your teeth into yet another wonderful holiday meal. Wishing you and yours a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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