Fourth of July celebrations are a good time to catch up with family and friends, but they can also have hidden dangers to your teeth. To help your celebrations be as joyful as possible, Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Best and our Chicago, IL dental staff put together a few dental tips to help your teeth survive the holiday weekend. These will help to keep your smile as bright as the holiday fireworks.
Try to avoid chewing on hard foods and candies.
We know that ice and pretzels are staples among 4th of July BBQS, but try to avoid chewing on these foods so you do not chip a tooth. To make pretzels safer, try dunking them in water first to soften before chewing. If you do chip a tooth, please call our office immediately, and we will see you as soon as we can.
Drink Water and Eat These Instead
Drinking water will not only keep you hydrated in the warm weather, but it will also help to stimulate saliva in your mouth, which will help to wash away bacteria. Drinks like beer and sodas are very popular at BBQs but be sure to add some water into your day as well. This will help to keep your teeth clean and to keep the pH levels in your mouth normal.
Some snacks may be fun to have a 4th of July celebration, but healthier snacks like cheese, celery sticks and onions will help to keep your mouth healthy.
Do not use your teeth to open packages
If scissors or bottle openers aren’t readily available, do not resort to using your teeth to open packaging or bottles! While you may not realize it, this type of tooth injury makes up the largest percentage of BBQ related dental problems.
After a long BBQ or party, make sure you brush and floss before heading to bed. Those simple tasks can help you to fight off unnecessary dental work down the road.
We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July. If you run into any dental problems during the weekend please call our Illinois dental office at (773)-643-6006.