6 Ways to Keep Holiday Meals Healthy for Teeth

With Thanksgiving coming up, you may already be considering what dishes to serve on the holiday table. As your dentist, we’re hoping there will be plenty of options that are healthy for teeth. The good news is, those same foods are also good for your overall health

Our dentists are happy to discuss nutritious choices and other aspects of your oral health when you visit our Fort Smith, AR office for your checkups or other services. If you need to make an appointment, call us today at 479-668-3109

In the meantime, check out our list of ways to have a dental-friendly holiday:

  • Cut Back on Starches – Foods that contain a lot of starch are just as bad for your smile as sugary foods. So it’s best to lower starch content when you can. Russets are a good choice for potatoes, as they are less starchy than other varieties. Or even better, serve sweet potatoes instead. Choose less processed options, such as brown rice instead of white and whole-grain bread instead of white. 
  • Serve Plenty of Veggies – We know you’re not surprised to see veggies here. The vitamins and minerals they contain are good for your body – and healthy for teeth. That said, we know it can be a challenge to get some people to eat vegetables. Try serving them with cheese sauce or dips. Or prepare them in the air fryer. 
  • Have as Much Turkey as You’d Like – Feel free to load up on turkey, at the holiday meal and later in sandwiches and other leftover preparations. The meat is filled with protein and phosphorus, both of which help keep teeth in great shape. But remember, use whole-grain bread instead of white for your sandwich!
  • Drink Lots of Water – Skip sugary, acidic sodas and drink water instead. If you live in an area with fluoridated water, it has cavity-fighting benefits. Plus, it helps rinse away sugars and other problematic substances from your teeth. 
  • Put Out Teeth-Friendly Snacks – Include raw fruits and vegetables, cheeses, and nuts on your snack platters. All of them contain substances that are healthy for teeth. Some veggies, with high fiber and water content, work almost like a natural “toothbrush” to remove harmful substances. 
  • Pick Pumpkin for Your Pie – If you’re having a slice of pie, choose pumpkin. It contains less sugar than other options and has calcium and magnesium, both of which protect your smile from decay. And pumpkin won’t stain your teeth the way that berries can. 

Call 479-668-3109 for an appointment at Dallas Street Dental.