Tooth-friendly Tailgating Tips

October 23, 2014

It’s football season! That means plenty of parties and tailgating while cheering for your favorite team.

We all know snacking throughout the day isn’t good for our smiles or figures, but it’s impossible to avoid while tailgating. It’s all about football, friends and food. So, here are some tips for a great oral health defensive lineup:

Drink plenty of water while snacking and drinking on game day. It helps rinse away food particles and removes acid that can damage your teeth.

Choose healthy alternatives to your favorite dishes. One of our favorites is buffalo hummus served with carrots, celery, and bell peppers. It has all the flavor of fried Buffalo wings but it’s better for our waistline. Plus, the veggies are natural toothbrushes—perfect for game day snacking.

Choose low-acid snacks like guacamole over salsa. Salsa is always a crowd pleaser, but it’s very acidic and can damage tooth enamel. Serve up some spicy, creamy guacamole with chips instead.

Drink responsibly and your smile with thank you. Alcohol poses great risks to oral health when consumed in large quantities.

Remember to follow alcoholic beverages with plenty of water.

Teeth aren’t tools. Teeth are strong, but they’re not can openers. A freak accident could leave you with a serious injury. A chipped tooth or cracked enamel means a dental visit and skipping out on game day fun—no one wants that.

Whether you’re a 12, Husky, or Coug, don’t forget your smile this football season. Remember, the best offense is a great defense. Drink plenty of water and choose tooth-friendly foods and you’ll score a touchdown for oral health.