Saturday, November 27, 2010

Why Thanksgiving dinner is terrible for your teeth

The delicious food, fun festivities, and warm fellowship associated with the Thanksgiving holiday are a joyous occasion for Americans. But that joy often stops in the mouth, where residue from the cornucopia of Thanksgiving food fuels the insatiable hunger of a harmful oral bacteria. In fact, several of the most commonly eaten Thanksgiving foods are also this bacteria's favorite foods, which can wreak havoc on tooth enamel.

Streptococcus mutans, or S. mutans, is an oral bacteria that thrives on sugar from foods like sweetened cranberry sauce, red wine, sweet potato casseroles, pumpkin pie, and other Thanksgiving delectables. These microbes actually eat the sugar and leave behind powerful acids that eat away at tooth enamel. And compared to most other holiday feasts, Thanksgiving has one of the largest varieties of foods favored by this bacteria. Read more...

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