BBQ season is on the horizon! It’s a time for gathering with friends and family over good food in the garden. You’ll not only get to enjoy the sunshine and blue skies but also the pleasure of mixing and mingling with great company and an even better menu.
As the temperatures rise and you spend more time outdoors, you might find that cravings for sugary drinks and salty foods are at an all-time high. However, it’s in your best interest to keep your dental health and hygiene in mind as you indulge.
Here are some tips on how to have a dental-friendly BBQ under the summer sun.
Use Plenty of Vegetables
You can have a dental-friendly BBQ by eating plenty of vegetables which incorporate a significant amount of vitamins and minerals which will keep cavity-creeping sugars at bay. However, be wary of corn on the cob as this can be an item that gets stuck in your teeth and can be quite uncomfortable to manage.
Drink Water & Stay Hydrated
Always stay hydrated and choose to drink water over sugary drinks or alcoholic beverages. It’s also going to be the best drink of choice to wash away any bacteria that is lingering around. It’s especially important that you do so if you’re standing or sitting out in the hot sun too.
You can reduce the number of acid attacks on your teeth by avoiding grazing and instead choosing to only eat at mealtimes. Acids can irritate the gums as well as weaken the enamel therefore by sticking to your regular mealtimes you’ll lower the risk of acid erosion, decay, and gum disease.
Go Easy on the Sauce
Sauces are tasty to eat but are often loaded with added sugar. Be mindful of how much sauce you’re using and putting on your meats as well as in your mouth. Maybe opt for spices instead so you can eat less sugar without compromising on flavour.
Yes, you heard us! Eat more cheese to have a dental-friendly BBQ this summer. Why? Because cheese is not only delicious and savoury but it’s full of calcium which is also good for your dental health.
Make Mindful Choices
Try your best to avoid eating tough and hard-to-chew meats at your summer BBQ. Instead, be mindful to choose tender cuts of meat that are easy to chew. Likewise, while chips are tasty, consider choosing a potato salad as a dental-friendly alternative, they’re often softer and kinder on teeth.
While you should thoroughly enjoy your summer you also need to keep your teeth in mind!
At Exeter Advanced Dentistry, we believe that prevention is better than a cure. If you’re keen to protect and enhance your smile, why not book a consultation at the surgery with our friendly, experienced dentists?
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