Dr. William Nerestant

Tips to Keep Your Mouth Happy During 4th of July Celebrations

The Fourth of July is a time of great celebration, and no one wants the fun times ruined by mouth pain or an unexpected trip to the dentist. Remember to take care to keep your mouth happy this Fourth of July during all of the fun and festivities by following a few easy tips.
Protect Your Oral Health This Fourth of July
Choose Water
Staying hydrated is a good idea anywhere in the country in July, but water has other benefits for your oral health as well. For one, water is a healthier choice over sugary sodas or acidic alcoholic beverage, both of which damage the enamel of your teeth. Water also helps wash away food particles and drink residue after eating.
Eat Healthy
There are a lot of different food choices at Fourth of July gatherings. Choose foods that are going to be healthy for your teeth and your body, such as fruits and vegetables, and cheese. Avoid foods that are sugary or extra hard.
Chew Sugarfree Gum
You’re likely not going to brush after every time you eat at a barbecue or cookout, but you can chew sugarfree gum and help remove food particles and increase the production of cavity-fighting saliva.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
One of the best way to chip a tooth or do serious damage to your mouth is to use your teeth to open bottles, bags, or packages. Use the appropriate tools instead.
End the Day With Oral Care
Whatever you do to celebrate the Fourth of July, end the day by taking care of your teeth and mouth. Make sure to brush well and floss before you call it a night.
This column is sponsored by Midtown Dental.  
BIO: Dr. William Nerestant received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.  

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