Summer is full of fun and BBQs. If you’re not careful, it can also be full of oral health pitfalls. Find out how you can navigate your way through the summer with your healthiest smile yet!
Protect your pearly whites: Nothing makes grilled meats and treats taste better than bbq sauce, but this summer condiment of choice can wreak havoc on your smile. The spices and ingredients in most bbq sauces are a recipe for stains, and some sauces have a high sugar content that can feed decay-causing bacteria. Don’t say goodbye to the yummy sauce! You can get creative and try an exciting white bbq sauce recipe. If you’re dedicated to your tried and true, traditional sauce, that’s okay! Remember to drink or swish water to rinse away sauce sitting on your teeth before stains can set in.
Give your gums some space: Another common summer bbq challenge? Getting things stuck between your teeth. Whether it’s that slightly overdone piece of meat or even a perfectly prepared, buttery, piece of corn on the cob, sometimes it seems that everything is fighting for a spot right between your teeth. While it can seem like grabbing a toothpick and going after the culprit is a great idea, toothpicks can pose a threat to healthy gums. To keep your gums comfortable and free your teeth of stuck in their food, keep a couple of floss picks handy. Another healthy, and tasty, way to give your gums some space is crunching on healthy teeth friendly veggies like carrots and celery. Besides, extra veggies are a great way to justify that second helping of barbecued ribs.
Set up your BBQ for smile success!
With these tasty and practical tips and tricks, you can enjoy a summer filled with delicious treats! Hosting a bbq soon? Why not make it a smile friendly one! Offer oral health friendly treats like calcium boosting cheese and replace sugary beverages with fun and refreshing infused waters. Planning to make your world famous ribs? Why not set out a dish of floss picks instead of toothpicks and make your BBQ a smile saving success!
If you want a solution sure to stay out of your teeth and leave your guests wanting more, we’ve got you covered! Dr. Low’s full-proof way to avoiding that irritating feeling of meat between your teeth? His favorite smoked pulled bbq pork recipe. Give this finger-licking bbq favorite a try at your next family grill out and be sure to let us know how it turned out!
Smoked Pulled Pork
bone-in or boneless pork shoulder, light coating of yellow mustard, liberal coating of Bad Byron’s Rub, indirect smoke @ 225 using royal oak lump charcoal with apple and/or cherry wood chunks, smoke to 200 internal temperature, wrap in foil and let rest for a minimum of 30min. Shred and enjoy!