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Thanksgiving Dinner Tips for Oral Health for Kids

Posted by LITTLE BYTES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY on Nov 20 2017, 12:16 AM

Thanksgiving Tips For Kids Dr Haghpanah Palo AltoYour kids probably have a lot to be thankful for, and if you help them follow a few of these suggestions for good oral health this Thanksgiving, their healthy teeth can be one of them! Nutrition affects oral health more than you might believe, so by helping your kids make careful and conscious meal choices all holiday season long, you’ll be helping them head into the new year with happy and healthy teeth!

Consider thinking about healthy Thanksgiving choices in terms of courses for your family, so that you can plan a delicious and healthy feast for all to enjoy, without making any teeth suffer!

Starters:

For appetizers, it’s best to stick with healthy, teeth-friendly options like raw veggies, packed with nutrients and great for naturally fighting plaque, calcium and protein-rich cheeses, or nuts, which contain vital minerals that help to remineralize teeth. By providing healthy snacking options as starters for your family, you’re already setting them up to have a great, teeth-friendly Thanksgiving dinner!

Main Course:

Whether your kids prefer juicy drumsticks or tofurkey this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to think about the sides you’ll be serving with your feast! Did you know that some studies show rinsing with healthy oils instead of mouthwash has shown to reduce plaque, and in some cases, even reduces cavities? Instead of changing up your oral health routine amidst all the holiday chaos, try instead sauteing vegetables in sesame oil for a yummy and healthy side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. You could even top the veggies with sesame seeds for an added “wow” factor for your kids!

Dessert:

Kids will love some sweet holiday pears atop serving of yogurt and honey as a delicious finish to a Thanksgiving feast. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and you’ll have a healthy treat for the whole family to enjoy!

Everyone, especially your kids, will be smiling at the end of your Thanksgiving dinner, and the whole family can enjoy a delicious meal that’s great for both your oral and your overall health! 

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