tamhsc-thanksgiving-foodsThanksgiving — that tried-and-true American holiday with origins tracing back to autumn 1621 — is unique in that the modern-day version revolves almost entirely around a meal.

Lucky for us, much of the holiday spread has side effects other than causing pants to fit a bit more snugly after enjoying. Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries and even pumpkin pie are packed with nutrients ranging from phosphorous to vitamins A and C, translating to stronger tooth enamel, and even prevention of loose teeth and oral cancer.

So go ahead. Celebrate, and dig in — but for the sake of your health be sure to watch portion sizes.

Turkey

  • Rich in phosphorus
  • Aids in tooth development
  • Rebuilds tooth enamel
  • Helps prevent bone loss

 

Spinach, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli

  • Supply vitamins A&C
  • Help prevent bleeding gums, loose teeth and oral cancer

 

Cranberries

  • Prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth

 

Potatoes

  • Full of nutrients, and unlike other starchy foods, they don’t stick to your teeth

 

Pumpkin pie

  • Good source of vitamin C, iron, niacin and potassium

— Jennifer Fuentes

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