Happy Fourth of July! We hope you are enjoying your time in the sunshine this summer with family and friends. To help keep your celebrations as joyful as possible this Independence Day, we’ve compiled some dental tips that will keep you flashing that bright smile right up until the fireworks finale!

Avoid Chewing on Hard Items
Ice and treats such as hard candy are common at Fourth of July BBQs, but did you know these items can chip your teeth? According to the American Dental Association, you would be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth. It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives. It’s possible that one crunch can do significant damage to your teeth. And while hard candies seem harmless, these guilty pleasures put your teeth at risk because they are full of sugar and they can trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth.

Save Your Teeth from Snacking
Who doesn’t love snacking on indulgences such as potato chips at a BBQ? Unfortunately, potato chips are filled with starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in starchy snacks like these, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build up, or chew sugarless gum to remove food particles and stimulate saliva production.

Watch What You Drink
Beer and soda are popular beverages at celebrations, so make sure to alternate these drinks with water. This will help keep your teeth clean and the pH normal in your mouth.

Don’t Be a Stunt Artist
If a bottle opener goes missing at your BBQ, don’t try to impress your friends by opening a bottle with your teeth! As silly as this sounds, beer bottle-related tooth injuries make up a large percentage of BBQ-related dental problems.

It’s a Wrap!
After a fun day of celebrating, be sure to wrap up the fun with brushing and flossing. These few minutes are well spent to make sure your teeth remain bright and healthy!