July 3, 2017
Happy Fourth of July from our Foote Family to yours! We love these tips from the staff at Barranca Dental and thought we would share!
Stay Away from Hard Foods
Ice and Pretzels are common at Fourth of July BBQs. Try to avoid chewing on ice, and if the pretzels are a bit stale try dunking them in some water before you chow down. If you do chip your tooth, read our article for some tips to keep the pain down until you can visit the office the next day.
Bring Sugarless Gum
Daylong snacking is a common event at Independence Day celebrations. To help keep your teeth clean without bringing a toothbrush, try chewing on some sugarless ADA approved gum. It will remove food particles and stimulate saliva production.
Beer and Soda are popular beverages at BBQs, so make sure to alternate drinks with water. This will help keep your teeth clean and the pH normal in your mouth. As an added bonus, water helps avoid hangovers.
Cheese, celery, and onions all help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, and they should be in easy supply at your celebration.
Don't Open Beer Bottles With Your Teeth
This may sound ridiculous, but it happens more than you might think. When the bottle opener disappears, people resort to crazy tactics, and your teeth are often involved. Beer bottle related tooth injuries actually make up a large percentage of BBQ-related dental problems. Avoid it!
After the Fourth
After you make it home safe and sound, make sure to finish the night with brushing and flossing. The few minutes you spend can fight off unnecessary dental work down the road. Also consider scheduling a cleaning if you are due. Regular dental cleanings help fight off cancer, protect your teeth, and fight off heart attacks/strokes.
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