Posted Saturday, November 11, 2017
Thanksgiving is a holiday infamous for rows of food choices, many of
which are not especially healthy. Fortunately, you can have a delicious
feast that is also good for you with these healthy Thanksgiving tips.
Here are some dishes you can serve that include foods recommended for
healthy teeth by the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Appetizers: Cheese, Raw Veggies and Nuts
Put out plates of crudités, cheese cubes and mixed
nuts for guests to snack on while dinner is being prepared. Cheese is
great for teeth because it contains strength-building calcium. Casein, a
protein found in milk products, fortifies the surfaces of teeth,
helping to prevent cavities. Nuts contain calcium and minerals that
strengthen and remineralize teeth. The chewing of hard, crunchy nuts
also produces extra saliva, which fights germs and prevents decay.
Chewing raw vegetables produces lots of saliva to wash away bacteria.
The fibrous strands of celery are particularly good for dental health
because they help clean between teeth.
Main Course: Green Beans Sautéed in Sesame Oil
Rinsing with sesame oil in place of a mouthwash has
been shown to reduce the effects of plaque and even, in some cases, to
reverse the effects of gingivitis. Sauté your favorite vegetables in
sesame oil for a tasty side dish. Top with sesame seeds for added
Dessert: Fresh Pear Slices with Honey Yogurt Dip
Serve this simple yet sophisticated seasonal
dessert. Thinly slice your favorite variety of pear. Arrange on a
platter. Serve with a dip made by combining a cup of plain Greek yogurt,
2 tablespoons of honey and a sprinkling of freshly ground cinnamon. Fresh pears have been shown to neutralize acid on
the surface of teeth. Calcium and phosphates in yogurt strengthen and
remineralize teeth. Honey is a natural antiseptic.
Beverages: Tap Water and Tea
Tap water contains fluoride which reverses damage
to enamel caused by acids. Green and black tea kill bacteria, thus
fighting cavities. Make the tea with tap water and you reap a double
As a bonus, these tooth-healthy foods are also good
for your heart and waistline. With these healthy Thanksgiving tips, it
is possible to enjoy a delicious holiday dinner without gaining weight
or jeopardizing your sparkling smile. | By Rachael Moshman