Summer grilling season is in full swing. Dental problems including broken, loose, shifting, and even chipped teeth can make the food we enjoy at backyard barbecues a pain in the mouth. Strong teeth are important for every smile. Learn how our dental improvements, dentures, and dental implants help patients get back to enjoying the food they love.
1. Dental Problems Make Food Difficult to Eat
The health and comfort of gums and teeth can directly impact what we enjoy eating. Healthline reports chewing hard foods can damage tooth enamel, cause dental emergencies and worsen existing dental issues. The most common culprits include:
- Hard Rolls/Bread Buns
- Raw Fruits and Vegetables (carrots, apples, pears, etc.)
- Thick Chips
- Hard Pretzels
- Corn on the Cob
- Tough or Bone-In Steak, Pork, Chicken Breasts or Chicken Wings
- Chewing Ice
Chewing complications are often caused by loose or missing crowns, painful chipped, broken or missing molars and teeth, damaged sealants, or poorly fitted dentures. At Three Rivers Dental Group, we evaluate each patient’s dental health needs to determine the best dental treatment solution. Chewing complications can often be resolved with a dental crown, full or partial dentures, or dental implant solutions.
2. Sugar and Acids Break Down Strong Teeth and Destroy Dental Work
Sugary and acidic food and beverages can cause plaque buildup, causing serious damage to healthy teeth. Scraping between teeth with toothpicks can also destroy existing dental work, fillings or veneers and harm healthy gums. Prevent dental damage and decay by avoiding:
- Sticky, chewy, or gooey desserts
- Sauces and marinades high in sugar or acidity (vinegar, citrus juices and/or wine)
- Sugary soft drinks and/or alcoholic beverages
Sometimes it is as easy as altering an acidic or sugary diet to prevent enamel from wearing down or repairing a loose filling. In other cases, more extensive tooth decay could be the result of delaying dental care. A daily dental hygiene routine paired with regular dental exams and professional cleanings every six months can help treat and prevent periodontitis and dental decay.
3. Eating a Great Summer Grilling Season Menu
Those affected by dental issues and chewing limitations can opt for softer menu alternatives, swapping hard bread for soft seedless whole wheat buns or soft tortillas, cutting corn from the cob, and thinly slicing raw fruits and vegetables to chew with the back of teeth. Swap the sugar-laden sauces for a dry rub of herbs and spices. Additional dental-friendly menu options for the summer barbecue season include
- Grilled Tuna, mackerel, salmon, or trout
- Potato salad
- Grilled vegetables (asparagus, zucchini, onions, and mushrooms)
- Deviled Eggs
We encourage any patient experiencing a dental emergency caused by cracked, broken, or missing teeth, or those affected by altered chewing abilities caused by ill-fitting dentures or dental implants to contact their dentist immediately for dental care. Our team of dental professionals at Three Rivers Dental Group alleviate common oral health issues caused by toothaches, enamel erosion, cavities, or receding gums and restore smiles with full or partial dentures and dental implant solutions for stronger, healthier-looking smiles with improved chewing abilities and dental function. We also offer sedation dentistry solutions for relaxed and comfortable dental experiences.
Overcome dental issues and start enjoying the summer grilling season menu again. Contact Three Rivers Dental Group today at 1-855-NO FEARS or request an appointment online to schedule a checkup and dental examination. We’ll provide you with a dental care and treatment plan specifically tailored to your individual needs for healthy teeth and gums. We are conveniently located throughout the Pittsburgh area in Cranberry, Greentree, Greensburg, and Jennerstown.