• Holiday Foods That Benefit Your Smile

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    After all the sweet and savory dishes at your Thanksgiving feast last week, we thought it would benefit you to know how these holiday foods support your oral health and body. Our Longmont dentist loves offering food tips during this time of year. We are grateful for you, for more than your attention to dental implants and veneers; we want to keep you healthy, which includes paying attention to the food you eat, and how it supports your oral health. You can enjoy your cake, or pie, and all the savory dishes that this season offers, knowing which ones are best for your health and your smile. 

    If you’re cooking for your family or work get-togethers, there are many delicious and healthy alternatives for classic holiday recipes. Whether you’re getting creative with your Thanksgiving leftovers or looking forward to sustaining your healthy lifestyle this month, your Longmont dentist has a few tips for holiday foods that benefit your smile:

    Stuffing

    Stuff your stuffing with carrots, celery, apples, or nuts. These additions add moisture, texture, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, in particular, is great for digestion, starting by helping you create more saliva. 

    Turkey

    Use your turkey wisely. The phosphorus is great for tooth development and enamel. Vitamin B6, melatonin, and serotonin that present themselves once the tryptophan is absorbed are more likely to offer a mood boost when you’re not sleepy. Small servings of this lean protein can help keep you feeling full for longer so you’re less likely to overindulge in pie and other sweets. 

    Pie

    While pie traditionally has plenty of added sugar, there are plenty of pumpkin and apple pie recipes that keep natural ingredients a priority and provide plenty of Vitamin C. Remember to drink plenty of water, brush, and floss after pie to prevent cavities.

    Fruits and Veggies

    Cranberries, green beans, and squash also provide plenty of Vitamin C and A. With a diet that includes these vitamins in between regular appointments twice a year, you can rest assured knowing that you are being proactive in your oral health.They will support your immune system and digestion, and provide a colorful addition to any feast.

    As you decide which dishes to create and which leftovers to take, keep these tips in mind. Choose the foods and add-ons that will support your health and your smile, by adding nutrients and preventing tooth decay or plaque buildup. Share your holiday foods that benefit your smile or your healthy recipes on our Facebook page, and we’ll see you for your next appointment. Happy holidays!