Thanksgiving Foods That Will Make Your Teeth Happy!

Whether your family opts for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner or puts their own unique twist on the holiday, Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones to enjoy a meal and give thanks. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging (in moderation!) with some pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce, some traditional Thanksgiving foods can increase your risk for developing cavities. However, there are several Thanksgiving foods that are beneficial to oral health and will have your body saying, “thanks!” Let’s take a look at some Thanksgiving foods that are dentist-approved:

turkey dinner in the oven


Turkey is a great source of protein. Protein keeps your teeth healthy and strong, so you can enjoy Thanksgiving feasts for years to come. Even better, all those turkey leftovers can be repurposed in the form of protein-packed sandwiches for lunch.


Whether your family opts for a tasty green bean casserole, roasted squash, or other options, load up on the veggies. Veggies contain plenty of vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to teeth. Even better, the high fiber content in some veggies works kind of a like a toothbrush to help clean your teeth as you eat.


Break up all the slow-roasted dishes with some tasty fresh fruit. Like veggies, fruits contain fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that are necessary for good oral health.

If you do plan to treat yourself to a slice of pie or another food you know can be detrimental to your oral health, drinking a glass of water after you finish eating can help limit the effects. Water helps wash the surface of your teeth clean and prevents debris from attracting bacteria.

To ask our team any questions about caring for your teeth throughout the holiday season or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!

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