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Your teeth have - hopefully - survived the sweet, sticky, sugar-coated event that was Halloween. Time for the next holiday to potentially put a dent in your dentin - THANKSGIVING!  We here at Malenius Dental have put together a list of the good, the bad, and the starchy foods of this all-American food fest.

Foods That Are Good  to Gobble

Turkey - Protein-rich foods, like good old Tom Turkey. can actually be good for your teeth. Turkey contains phosphorus, which can help foster strong teeth and bones when mixed with Vitamin D and calcium.

Yams - Yams are naturally sweet, so hold the gooey, sticky marshmallows, please. Served baked or roasted, yams are nutrient-rich and don't stick to the surfaces of teeth. If you must sweeten them up, a touch of brown sugar or molasses will suffice.

Veggies - Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots and celery contain high amounts of Vitamins A and C which are instrumental in repairing gums from periodontal disease.

Pumpkin: Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin C and calcium, a great combination for strengthening bones and teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth after eating Grandma's delicious pumpkin pie, though.

Cranberry Sauce - Cranberry gets the Gold Star of Dental Health as far as Thanksgiving goes! Recent research has indicated that cranberries contain special compounds that disrupt the development of plaque-causing bacteria. Be sure to make your cranberry sauce with real cranberries and not the stuff that keeps the shape of the can...

Turkey Day Hall of Shame  Foods

Pecan Pie - A sticky, sugary, chewy disaster for teeth. At least pumpkin pie has some vitamins to offer!

Popcorn balls - The popcorn and caramel can easily get stuck in your teeth promoting tooth decay, not to mention discomfort!

White Wine - - Although it won't stain your teeth like red wine, white wine has a high pH level and packs an acidic punch that can erode your teeth.

Stuffing, cakes, and rolls - That's right. Pretty much all the good stuff! These carb-loaded, starchy treats are great for causing tooth decay.

Okay, we don't want to ruin all your holiday fun. Go ahead and indulge - in moderation - in some of these forbidden treats. We won't tell! Just be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water or, better yet, brush your teeth after your big holiday meal.

Bon Appetit!

As always, to schedule a cleaning, examination, or consultation, give us a call at 630-668-6180. At Malenius Dental, we are here for you!!

Ten Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth!

We all hear about foods that are bad for your teeth! Sticky sweets and sugar-laden sodas can wreak havoc with your pearly whites. But did you know there are also foods that are good for your teeth and gums? Here is a list of dentally healthy things to chomp on, courtesy of your friends at Dr. Malenius’ office!

1.     Cheese Maybe there's a reason that when we "say cheese" it's time to smile! With high levels of phosphate and calcium, cheese promotes healthy teeth, balances the oral ph, and can destroy bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

2.     Dairy products Other than cheese, milk and yogurt are rich in calcium and low in acidity - both positive things for your teeth and gums.

3.     Green tea This delicious drink is an anti-oxidant soup which prevents plaque from accumulating on your teeth, reducing cavities and bad breath. Just take it easy on the added sugar and honey!

4.     Kiwi Most fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, and eating them raw can give your gums a good healthy massage as well. Kiwis are exceptionally high in C, which can increase the collagen in your gums and make them stronger.

5.     Onions  Sure - raw onions can make your breath pretty smelly. But the sulfur compounds that contribute to temporary bad breath also kill dangerous bacteria that harm the teeth. Brush, floss and rinse after you eat them, or better yet - make sure your kissing partner eats them too!

6.     Celery Eat plenty of celery and you may not have to stalk your dentist as much! Raw celery massages your gums, and can increase the production of healthy saliva.

7.      Sesame seeds These little wonders actually can scrape plaque from your teeth and are packed with tooth-strengthening calcium. The bleached white flour bagel they are often attached to - that's a different story.

8.      Sweet potato These beauties are loaded with Vitamin A, and are especially good for babies whose teeth are developing. An orange nose is an added bonus!

9.      Shiitake mushrooms Believe it or not, these tasty fungi often found in Asian foods contain a sugar that prevents plaque from forming on your teeth.

10.  Water  There's a reason water is called "the gift of life," and you would be hard pressed to find a healthy foods list without it. Dentally speaking, water keeps your mouth hydrated, cleans and rinses your teeth and gums, stimulates saliva production, and can dislodge trapped food particles.

As great as these foods are, there is much more to healthy teeth and gums than loading up on celery, cheese and water! If it is time for your regular dental examination and cleaning, or if you have any questions at all about your dental health, we are here for you! Please give us a call at 630-668-6180.My Blog Posts