4th of July Foods and Dental Tips from Riverwalk Dental Group
As the 4th of July approaches, many people are preparing for their backyard barbeques and picnics at the beach. While we want everybody to enjoy the holiday fun, we also want everybody to be aware of the some of the holiday snacks that could be affecting your dental health. Here are some tips from Riverwalk Dental Group of Florida for protecting your smile:
Foods to Avoid
At many 4th of July celebrations, there are plenty of cupcakes, candies, and other treats all done up in red, white, and blue. While it is okay to eat some fun foods, you should be sure not to nibble on them all evening. Instead, have a snack and follow it up with some water. Avoid drinking too many sweetened beverages, too.
Starch should also be taken in moderation. French fries, chips, and similar snacks are rich in starch, which activates plaque just like refined sugar.
Foods that Are Good for Your Teeth
Before you sulk about trying to limit your favorite foods on 4th of July, you should know that there are several foods that are good for your teeth! Those burgers fresh of the grill contain phosphorous, which are good for dental health. Choose wheat buns for your burgers and hot dogs, as they don’t stick to teeth as much as white bread.
Cheese platters aren’t just delicious, they contain calcium and phosphorous to help strengthen enamel. Cheese also helps neutralize acidic foods and beverages.
How Does Sugar Consumption Damage Your Teeth?
Sugar consumption can be quite damaging to your teeth. The problem with sugar consumption is that it feeds the bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria then produce acid that erodes your tooth enamel. Over time, this erosion results in cavities. Untreated cavities get worse, resulting in pain and other problems.
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If it has been more than 6 months since you've had a dental check-up, make an appointment with us here at Riverwalk Dental Group today. We have dentists, orthodontists, and periodontists to serve your dental needs, with offices in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, and Stuart, Florida.