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Oral Health and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few days away have you decided how and what you will be making that during the festivity? If you have no idea of what you will be cooking, then we invite to read this week tips and obtain ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner.

However, we advise all of our readers to be alert and carefully select the ingredients and quantities in the foods that you will cook. Because some of these ingredients can be terrible for your teeth. In the post we will offer you the ingredients to make 9 delicious dishes!

For details on how to prepare these dishes we invite you to visit our friends at: Food Network.

We know many of the following dishes are super delicious, but could also harmful for teeth; please protect your teeth and always have a beautiful smile.

The Appetizers

For the dinner to be successful everything must be done right and the first step are the appetizers, here we offer you 3 ideas.

Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks


  • 4 1/2 -ounce box sesame seed breadsticks
  • 16 -ounce package bacon
  • 8 -ounce container grated Parmesan

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette


  • 1 (1 1/2-pound butternut squash, peeled and 3/4-inch) diced
  • Good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry
  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves, toasted
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Stuffed Mushrooms


  • 1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 28 large (2 1/2-inch-diameter) white mushrooms, stemmed

The Main Dish

How will you prepare your main dish, the turkey? Here are three ways you can prepare Thanksgiving main dish.

Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey


  • Turkey Glaze:
    • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate molasses
    • 3/4 cup prepared horseradish, drained
    • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • Turkey:
    • 1 (about 15 pounds) fresh turkey
    • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium canned broth

Cajun Brined Turkey-Two Ways


  • 1/2 cup Spanish paprika
  • 1/4 cup New Mexican chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile de arbol
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 whole cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 large Spanish onion, quartered
  • One 12-pound fresh turkey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Special equipment: 3 cups hickory or apple chips if desired, soaked in cold water for 1 hour

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast


  • 1 (6 pound) bone-in turkey breast, halved, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Dessert Time

After a delicious meal, it’s time for dessert. Without a doubt by this time you could be full, but by carefully administrating the amounts of food you ate, then you will have room for dessert; here are some options.

Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie


  • Pie Pastry:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    • 1/4 cup finely ground pecans
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • Pinch salt
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
    • 2 tablespoons ice water, plus more if needed
  • Filling:
    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
    • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup or sugar cane syrup (such as Steen's)
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons bourbon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 11/2 cups pecan halves

French Apple Tart


  • For the pastry:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • For the apples:
  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, small diced
  • 1/2 cup apricot jelly or warm sieved apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados, rum, or water

Pumpkin Pie


  • Pie Dough:
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Filling:
    • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 2/3 cup heavy cream
    • 7 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
    • 6 1/2 tablespoons evaporated milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Without a doubt the foods mention above sound and look delicious and cooking them will be worth it, especially when we see all of our family members together. Making an elaborate meal is important, but more important is to make memories.

While consuming the delicious foods be on the lookout for Streptococcus mutans or S. mutans, this is an oral bacteria that could be in found in Thanksgiving favorites like: cranberry sauce, red wine, sweet potato casseroles, pumpkin pie and other traditional mouthwatering dishes. The Streptococcus mutans microbes can eat ones tooth enamel and this can lead to tooth decay.

Protect your teeth and avoid dental diseases, Sani Dental Group advices you to brush your teeth after each meal if possible and to cook with natural cranberries. Cranberries contain natural enzymes that prevent Glucans from forming. Glucans help Streptococcus mutans to adhere to our teeth surface and cause damage.

Avoid this dental problems that can lead to tooth loss and other dental diseases this Thanksgiving Day; you can do this either by properly brushing your teeth after each meal or by visiting our dental clinic in Los Algodones. Here our professional dentist will take care of your smiles and have ready for the next family gathering. Visit Sani Dental Group and keep your smile strong, healthy and picture perfect.