When the pilgrims left England on the Mayflower, they were looking for a land free of persecution. By the time they landed in Massachusetts 66 days later, they found the journey to be a lot more grueling than they originally planned.
Among the many health issues they encountered was “scurvy”, caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. The lack of fresh food on board, especially fruits, caused horrible symptoms, including spots on the skin, weakness, extreme drowsiness, spontaneous bleeding and eventually death. Oh yes, this disease also caused the pilgrims to have bleeding gums and tooth loss!
This Thanksgiving, be sure to prepare a meal that is not only delicious but healthy for your teeth and gums too! Some vitamins and nutrients which are good for your oral health are vitamins A, C and D, phosphorous and calcium. A delicious Thanksgiving dinner can include them all!
Here are a few things that will make your chompers thank you – the DO’S!!!!!
- Turkey is high in phosphorous, which is not only healthy for developing teeth but can actually help rebuild tooth enamel.
- Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients including vitamins A and C which are both excellent for gum health.
- Cranberries contain flavonoids which can prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth and forming plaque.
- Pumpkin pies are loaded with vitamin C and calcium, important for gum health and developing teeth.
“Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need many essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy,” says Dr David Schmidt. “In fact, to ensure proper tooth development and strength, adults, children and seniors alike need a lot of calcium, vitamins and minerals.”
Dr Schmidt goes on to say “Many take oral health for granted, but countless studies have shown that there is a strong association between good oral health and good body health. Spending time with your loved ones at Thanksgiving is even better when everyone is healthy and happy.”
Here are 5 tips to a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. The DON’TS!!
- Be smart, use a nutcracker! Squirrels can use their teeth to crack nuts…..YOU CAN’T!! Many people have tried to crack a tooth over the holiday thinking their teeth are unbreakable. Truth is, there is a very sensitive nerve running through a root surrounded by soft living tissue under that hard enamel shell . Crack the shell (of the tooth – not the nut), and you’ll be saying hello to some major pain. Yes, cracking a tooth is an intensely painful experience resulting in the urgent need for a root canal and crown.
- Don’t open beer bottles with your teeth!!! Need we say more???
- Caramel Popcorn Ball vs Teeth!!!! Guess who will win?? Pass on the popcorn ball if you want to keep your teeth!
- Brush and floss!!! Yes, even on holidays you need to do this. There will be plenty of food to eat over this weekend, a lot of it sweet. So, take your tooth brush and floss with you and keep up the good work you do at home the rest of the year!
- Skip biting the Candy Canes that appear the day after Thanksgiving. You know someone always starts the Christmas decorating the next day…..Biting hard candy is ALWAYS a risk….don’t do it 😉