Thanksgiving and Oral Health

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s important to not take a holiday from your oral health!

This week, our families will be celebrating Thanksgiving, most likely with turkey, stuffing, and a lot of gravy. It’s good to keep nutritious foods on the menu, to benefit oral health and our overall health.

Keep reading to learn more about the five best vitamins and minerals for our teeth and gums and the Thanksgiving foods you can find them in.

Vitamin A helps maintain a good amount of saliva in our mouths, and also keeps our gums healthy. You can find Vitamin A in foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens life spinach and kale.

B Vitamins reduce tongue inflammation and keep canker sores at bay. You can find B Vitamins in foods like beans, legumes, and green vegetables.

Vitamin C helps to build and repair connective tissue, which can prevent gum inflammation. Vitamin C is present in citrus fruits, broccoli, kale, and berries.

Vitamin D is essential to regulate levels of calcium and phosphorus in our blood- which means if you don’t have enough Vitamin D, your body cannot absorb the calcium it needs for strong teeth! The best way to get enough Vitamin D is by drinking milk.

Calcium is important because it is stored in our bones and helps prevent osteoporosis – which can lead to weak bone tissue around the teeth. The best way to get your daily amount of calcium is through dairy products, cauliflower, almonds, and soy milk.

A lot of these may already be a part of your Thanksgiving feast, or they could be a great new addition this year!