The Best Foods to Eat This Thanksgiving – and Which to Avoid!

Coast Dental gives five tips to help ensure everyone is still smiling after their Thanksgiving meal.

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Make sure you eat a helping of protein along with your carbs this Thanksgiving Day.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) November 21, 2012

Let the feasting begin! Millions of Americans will gather around the table this Thanksgiving to give thanks and chow down on homemade goodies.

Loading up one's plate affects more than just one's waistline; it also affects one's teeth. Here are five tips from Coast Dental to ensure everyone is still smiling after the holidays:

1. Eat protein along with carbs. When you’re loading up your plate with stuffing and rolls, remember to also add a helping of beans, a handful of nuts or a few slices of cheese. Carbohydrates break down into sugar. The bacteria in your mouth turn the sugar into acids, which attack tooth enamel and cause decay. Many types of protein have cavity-fighting properties which will counteract the carbs.

2. Limit grazing. When you eat or drink often during the day, the saliva doesn’t have the chance to wash away the sugar. If you do find yourself snacking often, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. That will help flush away the food debris before it can harden into cavity-causing plaque.

3. Enjoy teeth-friendly foods. Celery, apples and carrots all help the mouth produce more saliva, which will wash away bacteria. Dairy items like cheese and milk combat the acids in the mouth, making those another good choice.

4. Avoid hard or sticky foods. It may be tradition for Uncle Bob to bring a huge box of taffy, but sticky sweets and hard candy take longer to chew. That means the sugar stays in the mouth longer, which increases the risk of cavities. Also, these kinds of food can damage braces or other existing dental work – so be extra careful! Avoiding these foods might just save you a few extra calories and a trip to the dentist!

5. Brush afterwards. Family gatherings can sometimes go late into the night – and the kids might be sound asleep by the time everyone finally gets home. Make sure to bring everyone’s toothbrushes so they can brush their teeth after dessert. Brushing will clear away food particles so they don’t have a chance to harden into plaque overnight. It will also help prevent staining. Teeth are porous and that’s why dark-colored foods and beverages, including berry pies, coffee, red wine and grape juice, can stain them.

Happy Thanksgiving from Coast Dental!

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About Coast Dental
Coast Dental, P.A., with its professional associations, is one of the largest providers of general and specialty care in the United States with 183 affiliated practices operating as Coast Dental, SmileCare and Nevada Dental Associates in Florida, Georgia, California, Nevada and Texas. Coast Dental Services, Inc. is a privately-held practice management company that provides comprehensive, non-clinical business and administrative services to its affiliated practices. The company is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please visit CoastDental.com.


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