This Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the start of all things summer and what better way to kick
it off than with a BBQ with family and friends? Whether you’re attending someone else’s BBQ or
hosting your own, these tips will come in handy to keep your teeth happy and healthy this Memorial
Foods to Avoid this Memorial Day:
- Sugar. Do you know how many condiments, especially BBQ sauce, are loaded with sugar? The
more sugar you consume, the more decay-causing bacteria multiply inside your mouth. Over
time it can dissolve your teeth’s enamel and inflame your gum’s tissue.
- Soda and other sugary drinks. When you sip sugary drinks like soda and juices, the acid in those
drinks causes the breakdown of your enamel on your teeth. Try to avoid these drinks and
choose to drink water instead. Not only will water be more tooth-friendly, but it will keep you
nice and hydrated too. If you must have soda, be sure to drink a cup of water alongside it.
- Pickles. I’ll admit, pickles are by far one of my favorite staples at a BBQ. They’re not something
I eat every day but I sure do look forward to them at a BBQ. They’re crunchy, sour, and the
perfect addition to your burger or as a side. However, the vinegar they live in is full of acidity
and as I mentioned above, that will cause the breakdown of your enamel. Make sure if you have
a pickle (or two) to wash it down with a glass of water so that the acids don’t have time to make
a home on your teeth.
- Potato chips. You’re hanging out with friends and family and there sits the bowl of potato chips.
You reach for a handful and enjoy each crunchy, salty bite. Unfortunately, while you are
thoroughly enjoying each crunch, your teeth and mouth are not. Potato chips are starchy foods
and starches like to get trapped between your teeth which will feed the bacteria in the plaque.
Make sure you bring your floss with you to do damage control afterwards.
- Ice. I know what you’re thinking. Ice? There’s nothing harmful in frozen water! While that fact
remains true, you’d be surprised at the damage something as simple as ice can cause. Chewing
on a hard substance can cause damage to the enamel and make you susceptible to worse dental
concerns such as chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, loosened crowns, etc. Ice should be used
for chilling drinks, not for chewing.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being told about all of the things I “can’t do” or “can’t have” so
I’ve included a bonus tooth-friendly dip recipe for you to make and enjoy this Memorial Day.
FRENCH ONION DIP
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small white onion, minced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 sprigs of fresh Thyme
1 ½ cups nonfat Greek yogurt
½ Tablespoon onion powder
½ Tablespoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat and add onions and the whites of the
scallions. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are brown and soft, about 7 minutes. Set aside
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine onions with Greek yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, scallion
greens, and the Thyme leaves. Stir well to incorporate.
3. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour, and then sample it. Salt and pepper to taste.
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The team at Charmoy Dental would like to thank all of our veterans (past, current, and future) for
serving our country. We hope that you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day!