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BBQ and Teeth: How to Enjoy Austin’s Famous Cuisine Without Harming Your Smile

July 14, 2023 9:01 pm

As the calendar, and the heat index, clearly indicate, summer has officially arrived in Austin. ‘Tis the season for taking a dip in Barton Springs, beating the heat by visiting one of the city’s many museums, and, of course, enjoying some good ol’ Texas barbecue. Though residents may be divided on which establishment serves up the best brisket or ribs in town, we can all agree that Austin does barbecue right.

Unfortunately, from a dental standpoint, indulging in a classic barbecue spread isn’t always friendly to your teeth. Here are a few ways to enjoy your meal while keeping your oral health in mind.

Go Easy on the Sauce

Yes, barbecue sauce is delicious, but it also contains high levels of sugar and acid that can wreak havoc on your smile. Sugar feeds harmful bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to cavities, while acidic food can erode enamel and weaken your teeth. Avoid the urge to slather your plate in sauce, moderation will serve you better in this case.

Opt for Water to Wash Things Down

On the same note of minimizing sugar intake, skip the soda or sweet tea with your meal. Water will not only keep you well hydrated in the summer sun, but it also helps to wash away food debris and neutralize harmful acids in your mouth.

Eat Your Veggies

When it comes to barbecue, meat is the star of the show, but don’t skimp on your healthy side dishes. Adding a helping of green beans or collards will balance out your plate, and munching on some carrots or celery will help clean your teeth throughout the meal.

Brush & Floss Afterward

So you’ve just finished your delicious meal and you’re thinking it’s time for an afternoon nap. But before you succumb to a nice post-BBQ snooze, be sure to brush and floss. Certain barbecue staples like ribs and corn on the cob are especially prone to sticking between your teeth. Brushing and flossing directly after eating is the best way to keep your smile clean and healthy.

Preventive Dentistry in Round Rock, East Austin, & South Austin, Texas

By following these few simple tips, you can treat yourself to a tasty barbecue meal without compromising your oral health. For more suggestions or to schedule a summer check-up, reach out to High Point Dentistry today! We have multiple locations serving the Austin area, and our team is ready to answer any questions you may have.

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