Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and it’s hardly two weeks away. In many homes across America a Thanksgiving turkey will be served. If you are already worrying about what to eat and what not to eat for the holidays for health reasons, there’s little reason to worry about turkey. Turkey is good for you, and anything that is good for your overall health is good for your teeth. Anything that is good for your teeth is good for your overall health. Today, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, discusses why turkey is good for your teeth.
There are a lot of reasons turkey is good and it’s not only because of its savory flavor. Turkey is full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are beneficial to your health:
- Vitamin B6: Helps your body produce energy
- Niacin: Increases your HDL which is your good cholesterol
- Tryptophan: Produces serotonin beneficial to your mental health
- Folic Acid: Important for brain function and mental and emotional health
- Sellenium: Boosts hormone production
- Antioxidants: Help fight against cancer and heart disease
Finally, turkey is a rich source of protein. Protein has phosphorous which together with calcium and vitamin D helps keep your teeth and bones strong and healthy.
Even though turkey is good for your teeth don’t neglect to brush and floss, especially after all the goodies like yams and pumpkin pie.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from The Chicago Metro area. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.