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Health Tip: Keep Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

Suggestions for your pearly whites

(HealthDay News) -- Holiday favorite foods can wreak havoc on your teeth, so take care to protect your smile.

The American Dental Association recommends:

  • Floss after eating the holiday turkey or ham, which can lodge between teeth.
  • Eat cranberry sauce as part of a meal, rather than by itself. This should reduce the chances of it sticking to teeth.
  • Opt for yams without marshmallows and sugar. If you do eat the candied variety, have a small amount and drink plenty of water to wash away sugar.
  • Eat green bean casserole, a healthy choice.
  • Enjoy calcium-rich macaroni and cheese, but brush and floss afterward.
  • Dig into mashed potatoes, but skip the gravy. Brush and floss afterward to get rid of the starches that promote bacteria.
  • Enjoy a little pumpkin pie to help promote saliva production and wash away other foods.
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