GIVE THANKS FOR GOOD FOOD – AND GOOD ORAL HEALTH

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The Ontario Dental Association offers tips on a delicious – and nutritious – Thanksgiving Day meal

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October 6, 2011

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Toronto, ON – Planning and preparing for Thanksgiving Day can be hectic, and figuring out what food to serve can be just as taxing. With more people adopting alternative diets, it can be difficult to please everybody's palates. While we can't do anything about the stress that family get-togethers may cause, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some tips to make planning your menu a little easier – and your mouth a lot healthier.

"Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy," says Dr. Harry Höediono, ODA President. "A balanced and diverse menu provides many nutrients to strengthen your teeth and gums, making them less susceptible to disease, including tooth decay."

When planning your holiday menu, include foods that are nutritious and beneficial – not only for your overall health but for your oral health. Essential vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal oral health include calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamins A, C and D. Here are a few ideas:

"A nutritional and balanced menu can be both delicious and beneficial to your oral and overall health," says Dr. Höediono. "Spending time with your family at Thanksgiving is more enjoyable when everyone is healthy and happy."

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