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Happy Fourth of July from Irvine Dentist Dr. Neda Khodai and the staff at Barranca Dental! To help keep your celebrations as joyful as possible, we’ve put together a few dental tips that will keep your smile as bright as the fireworks.
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.
Contact Us! Irvine Dentist Dr. Neda Khodai
Irvine Dentist Dr. Neda Khodai is ready to help make sure your Independence Day is memorable for the good times, not the bad. Call us at 949-553-1111 or click below to get in touch with Barranca Dental Excellence in Irvine, Orange County California. Se Habla Español!
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