Thanksgiving 2019 wishes come to you this week from our family at Dentistry for Children to yours. Our first purpose of this Thanksgiving blog is the sincere wish you will have a wonderful holiday. Likewise, please consider this Thank You Blog as a Thank You Card. We are sending gratitude for all the little things that we never mention to our friends, family, patients, and supporters. We send you genuine appreciation for your support, trust, and business in 2019.
Thanksgiving 2019 Gratitude is our Attitude
We see Thanksgiving 2019 as a symbol to remind ourselves that we have many reasons to be grateful–to give thanks for the many gifts of life and love. First and foremost, we are thankful to have the day to enjoy, relax and catch up with family and friends.
You see, Thanksgiving is not just about the turkey dinner and our Pilgrim history lessons. Perhaps the attitude of gratitude is about taking off some time, every day, not just one day. Perhaps the habit of gratitude could actually mean count our blessings, every day. That might be the true meaning of an attitude of gratitude.
Thanksgiving 2019 and Health Challenges
We know Thanksgiving or any holiday brings many challenges to your child’s dental health. First of all, it is a time for plentiful treats and snacks. Secondly, vacation schedules can cause brushing to be neglected.
At Dentistry for Children, we do not mean to be spoilsports, but just as we have previously, we feel obligated to give you some health and dental warnings about the holiday feast.
A Little Thanksgiving Dinner Information
There are 159 grams of fat in the normal Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving dinner is not exactly a weight watchers’ menu. The sheer bounty of a Thanksgiving meal is indulgent. There are appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and dessert. Did you know that the basic dinner and one slice pecan pie has 3,150 calories?
Furthermore, the New York Times reported a typical American will eat more than 4,500 calories.
So, our Thanksgiving Gift to you in this blog is a mini-menu designed to help you love your Thanksgiving dinner while watching out for both your teeth and your waistline.
A Thanksgiving Tooth 2019 Friendly Appetizer: Enjoy some Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.
“Foods with fiber help keep your teeth and gums clean, says the American Dental Association (ADA). They also get saliva flowing. Next to good home dental care, this is your best natural defense against cavities and gum disease.”
Our Suggested Thanksgiving Appetizer: A Tray of Cheese Cubes, Raw Veggies and Nuts
You can avoid rich appetizers by serving plates of raw vegetables, cheese cubes, and mixed nuts. Your guests can snack on these while you put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s why this tray of goodies is Tooth-Friendly:
- Cheese is tooth-healthy because it contains calcium. Likewise, casein is a protein found in milk products. It fortifies the surfaces of teeth, and that helps prevent cavities.
- About those Cheese Cubes: Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products. Cheese is another saliva maker. The calcium in cheese and the calcium and phosphates in milk and other dairy products help put back minerals your teeth might have lost due to other foods. They also help rebuild tooth enamel.
- The Nuts on your tray also contain calcium and minerals that actually strengthen teeth. Just the act of chewing hard, crunchy nuts also produces extra saliva. And saliva will prevent decay. Likewise chewing raw vegetables also creates saliva to wash away bacteria.
- And we give a gold star to celery, which contains fiber that even helps clean between the teeth.
A New Take on an Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Side-Dish
Dare we suggest a substitute for Green Bean Casserole? We do. We found this new take on the old favorite.
Green Beans Sautéed in Sesame Oil
Keep the flavor of those green beans by simply sauteing them in sesame oil. This is not only good for your teeth, but some believe it will reverse gingivitis. In fact, many vegetables can be cooked in this manner to enhance, not cover up, their natural flavor. You can even sprinkle the top of those green beans with sesame seeds for that beloved crunch in the dish.
Favorite Beverages for Thanksgiving 2019 Celebrations
We believe nothing beats frosty cold, fluoridated water for a great beverage. But we also approve of both green and black tea. You see, both green and black teas have polyphenols.
Polyphenols actively kill or reduce bacteria. Your teeth thrive on it.
A Thanksgiving Dessert You-and Your Teeth-Will Love
We know pie is a traditional dessert, but perhaps your family will crave fewer slices of it if you offer them this beautiful but easy-to-prepare dessert:
Fresh Pear Slices with Honey Yogurt Dip
Create this elegant dessert by thinly slicing your favorite variety of pear. Delicately arrange the slices on a circular platter. Make the delicious dip by stirring 2 tablespoons of honey into a cup of plain Greek yogurt. Add a pretty sprinkling of freshly ground cinnamon, and enjoy.
Here’s why we call this dessert tooth-friendly for Thanksgiving: It’s a scientific fact that fresh pears neutralize acid on the surface of teeth. “Calcium and phosphates in yogurt strengthen and re-mineralize teeth.” And to top it off, “Honey is a natural antiseptic.”
Take your Toothbrush to Thanksgiving Dinner
We at Dentistry for Children hope you take your toothbrush and dental floss with you whether you are visiting Grandmother across town or across the country.
Once again, Dentistry for Children hopes you have an enjoyable, fun-filled, much-blessed and dentally healthy Thanksgiving: