Imagine it’s this Friday – Fourth of July. Juicy burgers, iced drinks, and sweet desserts tempt you at those neighborhood barbecues. It’s hard to say that you’ll avoid all foods that are unhealthy for your teeth, and you don’t have to. But being conscious of teeth-damaging foods and habits can keep your smile brighter this holiday season! Here are some simple tips on how to reduce damage to your teeth this Fourth of July.
Avoid hard foods and candies
Crunching on ice cubes in your cold drink may sound enticing, but this behavior is an easy way to chip your teeth! Hard foods such as pretzels are also damaging.
Use sugarless gum
If you’re going to be outside all day snacking without a chance to brush your teeth at home, bring some sugarless gum to your festivities! Chewing on sugarless gum can increase the flow of saliva in your mouth, which can wash away the acids that are produced after eating. Gum definitely doesn’t replace brushing and flossing, but it is definitely a helper when brushing your teeth isn’t an option.
Drink water and eat healthy foods
Did you know that cheese can be good for your teeth? It’s true – according to the Academy of General Dentistry, cheese can protect your teeth from the breakdown of enamel. Skip out on soda and sugary snacks this holiday and instead drink water and hard fruits such as apples and peaches that don’t stick to your teeth.
Don’t use your teeth as tools
You can’t find those scissors or bottle opener so you use your teeth? Don’t do it! It seems like a silly idea, but using your teeth as tools can be an easy path towards an injury. Take that extra time to find the right tool, and treat your teeth right.
Don’t forget to brush your teeth at the end of the day
At the end of the day, don’t forget to finish the night with brushing and flossing. A few minutes dedicated to healthy dental habits can go a long way towards avoiding unnecessary dental work in your future. Why not schedule your next appointment with McDowell Dentistry while you’re at it?
Our team at McDowell Dentistry is wishing you a great holiday this weekend!