We’re officially right smack dab in the middle of BBQ season. I don’t know about you, but I have some sort of BBQ or party on the calendar every weekend from now until mid-September. With this comes lots of sugary and salty goodness such as sodas, alcohol, desserts galore (did someone say pie?), condiments, burgers, hot dogs, salads, etc. Sounds yummy, right? While all of this may sound great, there are still steps that you can take to enjoy all of the summer BBQ’s while still keeping your healthy oral hygiene in check.
One way to indulge a bit while still keeping it on the healthy side is to take a smaller portion or even share one portion with your partner. Instead of the usual 2-3 spoonfuls of potato salad, take one spoonful. Keep in mind that everything is okay in moderation.
Host your own BBQ.
Let’s face it: hosting a BBQ is a lot of work. But let’s look at the plus side here: if you host your own BBQ, you have full control of the menu and what is entering your mouth. Instead of sugary drinks and foods, you can fill the menu with healthier substitutes like fruit salad, grilled chicken, garden salad, fruit or cucumber-infused water, etc. For the kids, replace juice boxes with milk that is rich in calcium and helps protect their growing teeth.
Choose drinks and food that are “teeth-friendly”.
Instead of heading straight to the beer/wine cooler, hit up the water cooler. Not only will that keep you hydrated on a hot summer’s day, but it will also keep your teeth clean and wash away bacteria. Choose healthier snacks like cheese and veggies to help keep your mouth healthy.
Brush and floss after your meal.
Have no shame and bring along your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. About a half hour after you’ve finished eating, slip away to the bathroom and brush your teeth and floss to keep them feeling clean and healthy. If bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste is a bit much for you, just throw some floss in your pocket and floss after you’re done eating. Flossing alone can help brighten up your smile and help your mouth to feel clean after meals.
This weekend as you’re preparing to go to the next BBQ on your calendar, try to keep these tips in mind. Because BBQ’s are one of America’s favorite pastimes, it’s unlikely that you’d be able to avoid them altogether (and truthfully, why would you even want to?), but if you follow these few tips, you can still attend while simultaneously feeling like you still have clean, healthy teeth. It’s like having the best of both worlds all at once. ‘Tis the season…the BBQ season!