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Summer is here! ‘Tis the season of outdoor parties, picnics, and family gatherings. This usually means there are lots of party foods available to eat. The next time you are putting food together for a party, remember these tips:

The Right Crunch: Starches and other sticky foods, such as crunchy potato chips, feed the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Instead, try serving crunchy fruits and vegetables: pears, apples, and grapes for a fruit tray, or a veggie tray full of celery, carrots, and raw broccoli. These serve as natural toothbrushes, scraping plaque and food buildup away from teeth and stimulating saliva production to naturally clean your mouth. If you do serve other fruits, go seedless. This will help prevent dental accidents caused by chewing seeds. It is also more pleasant for guests, as they won’t get seeds stuck in their teeth.

The Wrong Crunch: Avoid using cubed ice in drink glasses or punch. Chewing on cubed ice can open your teeth up for dental emergencies such as chipped teeth or damaged enamel. Try putting individual drinks in a cooler full of ice instead of adding it to a glass. If you must use ice in the drink itself, use crushed ice instead of cubed.

A Sip of Beauty: Instead of sodas or other sugary drinks, try serving infused waters! They are beautiful, and easily customizable. Simply cube or crush fruit, veggies, or herbs and add them to cool, plain water. Try interesting flavors, such as watermelon-mint (remember, seedless watermelon!), cucumber-melon, or peach-strawberry. Remember to use crushed ice!

For other mouth healthy tips, call Smiles of Distinction at 952-894-2545. We are dedicated to your whole smile! Dr. Bartholemew Schultz and our dental team are here to help, and will be happy to see you at your next appointment!