One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the ability to indulge in the best foods with your favorite friends and family members. It may not always be the most healthy meal, but counting calories is not part of the Thanksgiving tradition. It’s only right that you at least try every side dish, dessert and holiday drink in order to get the full experience. But, one day of “cheating” doesn’t have to ruin your health kick. Here’s a few recipes you should be sure to box up and keep for left overs that have incredible oral health benefits.

 

Turkey Breast

 

The whole point of buying a 20 pound turkey is to be sure there are tons of leftovers for at least a week of turkey sandwiches for the whole family. Fortunately, turkey is high in phosphorus which is a major component of keeping healthy, strong teeth. Phosphorus helps to re-mineralize the enamel broken down by all the sugars in this year’s apple pie. It has superhero abilities to strengthen your teeth and jawbone to fight against the inevitable bacteria that is constantly washed out and regrown in your mouth.

Green Vegetables

 

No matter if you’re focused on strengthening your teeth or looking to boost overall health, you can never go wrong with green veggies. Brussel sprouts, green beans, spinach salad — you name it! These foods are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Both are key nutrients in rebuilding damaged gums and preventing gum disease or gingivitis.

 

Cranberries

 

No matter if you eat them from a can or have a famous scratch recipe for cranberry sauce, the nutrients in this fruit are some of the most potent to boost oral health. Cranberries have an interesting ingredient known as flavonoids, which prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth and as such, prevent excessive plaque build up. Although cranberry sauces are usually high in sugars, the flavonoids have a counter effect that prevent tooth decay and cavities.

 

Sweet Potatoes

 

The best part about sweet potatoes is in the name – sweet. Their natural ingredients allow you to skip the sugar for this dish making it one of the healthiest choices at the Thanksgiving buffet. Keep these left overs for their high levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. All of these contribute to stronger tooth enamel and overall better health. They lack the excessive amount of starch that white potatoes have and their natural flavor will have you smiling for days after Thanksgiving dinner is through.

 

Eating a second Thanksgiving dinner the day after isn’t as unhealthy as you may think. Try  a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce as the condiments, and store those sweet potatoes for a quick snack in between football games this weekend. The dentists and staff at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe know that it is painful to let leftovers go to waste. If you are not satisfied with your healthy foods and feel you need a good cleaning to wash away all the Thanksgiving sugary sides, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Houston, Texas today to set up an appointment.