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Summer is here, and the weather is perfect for outdoor parties, picnics, and family gatherings.
This usually means there are lots of party foods available. The next time you are putting food together for a party, remember these tooth-friendly tips:

The Right Crunch: Potato chips and other crunchy, starchy foods are a fun occasional treat, but they can cause damage to your teeth. Starches and other sticky foods feed the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Instead, try serving crunchy fruits and vegetables: pears, apples, and grapes for a fruit tray, and 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.

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.

The Big Cheese: Dairy products, such as that nice thick slice of cheddar for your grilled burger, are packed with calcium and phosphorous. These are necessary nutrients for oral health, as they strengthen and support tooth enamel. If you choose to use cheese, especially at an outdoor party, be sure to follow food safety temperature guidelines to avoid getting sick.

For other mouth healthy tips, call James D. Schuette. DDS. at 816-554-7656. We are dedicated to your whole smile! Dr. James D. Schuette and our dental team are here to help, and will be happy to see you at your next appointment!