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With Thanksgiving around the corner and your smile aligning into the perfect shape, it’s important to protect your teeth and appliance this holiday season. The foods and treats that cover your kitchen table are likely to damage your smile and set back your treatment plan. However, we are here to help you have the most successful and delicious Thanksgiving possible all while keeping your braces in tip-top shape. Here are a few food tips for you that will make that possible:

Main meal
When it comes to the Thanksgiving meats, you’re in luck! Turkey and ham will not damage your braces—but only if they are cut up into small pieces. So as you enjoy your main Thanksgiving food, make sure it’s in an easily chewable size. Please do not ever eat the turkey or ham straight off the bone. As far as casseroles, salads, and dressings go, all of them are acceptable as long as they do not have crunchy ingredients in them.

Sides
There are many acceptable foods when it comes to choosing sides for your Thanksgiving dinner. Some of those sides include mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, green beans, cornbread muffins, and sweet potatoes. These foods are great for braces because they are soft and easy on the teeth. Some sides we do not recommend eating are corn on the cob, raw carrots, and apples.

Dessert
Sugary treats are not good for your teeth or braces; however, if you are going to indulge in the sweets of Thanksgiving, we recommend brushing your teeth 30 minutes after you eat them. Also, try not to eat the desserts that have nuts or crunchy ingredients. The best desserts to eat include pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse pie, and sweet potato pie.

For more information and tips on what to eat and what not to eat during Thanksgiving, call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to help you!