Sabal Dental - November/December 2020

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2228 N. Downing St. Angleton, TX 77515

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Angleton Native Dr. Stewart Reflects on His Career Oral Care During Cold and Flu Season Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

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Don’t Throw That Old Toothbrush Out! Leftover Turkey Dog Treats

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Thanksgiving Foods That Make Your Teeth Happy

Foods for Happy Teeth Healthy Holiday Choices

Among your favorite Thanksgiving treats are a few foods that not only taste good but are also healthy for your teeth. If you’ve volunteered to bring a side dish to a family Thanksgiving meal or are planning on cooking the whole meal yourself, make sure to include these foods. The Main Course: Turkey There are a lot of nutrients in the foods we eat that help make our teeth stronger, including protein. Luckily, the main course of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is full of it! Protein — when combined with vitamin D and calcium — helps keep our teeth strong, which reduces tooth loss and allows us to chew and talk properly. So enjoy your turkey and know that in addition to being delicious, it’s also improving your smile. The Side Dish: Cranberries Cranberry sauce is a key side dish for Thanksgiving, and it’s also exactly what your smile needs. Cranberries are full of nutrients your body needs to be healthy, including potassium, beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C, just to name a few. However, that’s not all cranberries can do for your teeth. The tart berry’s juice actually has a tendency to reduce plaque in the mouth thanks to proanthocyanidins (a class of nutrients), which prevent bacteria from sticking together. By simply enjoying cranberries with your Thanksgiving meal, you’re fighting harmful bacteria that could damage your teeth.

The Dessert: Pumpkin Pie Unlike other Thanksgiving favorites like apple pie or pecan pie, pumpkin pie tends to have less sugar and far more nutrients, including vitamin A and calcium. Vitamin A is especially important, as it’s an essential part of strengthening the enamel on our teeth. When eaten in moderation, pumpkin pie can be both a sweet treat and an oral health booster. These are only three of the foods that can help your teeth this Thanksgiving. Before you roll up your sleeves and get started on your feast, check out a few more healthy recipes by visiting FoodNetwork.com or Delish.com.

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