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The 4th of July is one of our favorite summer holidays here at Heroes Dental because it’s filled with fun, family and fireworks. All across the nation, we are joined together in celebration of this great nation’s independence.

Our team of dental experts knows that one of the best ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday is by hosting fun-filled cookouts with plenty of food and refreshing drinks.

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And while we don’t want to dampen the mood or keep you from having tons of fun, we encourage you to keep your oral health in mind as you celebrate the day. With all the cookouts and festivities, it can be challenging to control what we eat.

Our family dentistry knows that barbecue sauce and apple pies might still remain on the menu for the day, but for the sake of your oral health, it’s important to limit yourself when eating your favorite 4th of July foods.

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Consider the following tips:

Choose whole wheat buns for your burgers.

Can you think of a time when you went to a 4th of July cookout and didn’t enjoy a delicious juicy burger? Neither can we. In fact, we believe burgers should always be a part of the day’s festivities when we celebrate Independence Day.

Meat is beneficial to oral health as it contains phosphorous that aids calcium in keeping our bones strong. Let’s take care of the strongest bone in our bodies – our pearly shiny teeth – by switching out white bread for whole wheat buns.

Whole wheat is less likely to stick to your teeth and can prevent an overabundance of acid producing bacteria.

And if you’re a fan of onions, by all means, we encourage you to overload your burgers with them!

Onions are great for your oral health because of antibacterial sulfur that they contain which can kill destructive bacteria that clings on your teeth.

Make a new 4th of July tradition and try some delicious salmon burgers.

If you want a different take on burgers this 4th of July, put your chef skills to work and try some salmon burgers! Salmon is a fatty fish that is considered a super-food because it’s packed with high levels of calcium and vitamin D which are essential for strong teeth and maintaining good oral health.

Vitamin D is critical to our oral health as it allows our bodies to absorb and use the calcium to protect our gums and teeth from disease and decay.

Create a healthy cheese platter.

Did you know that eating cheese can prevent cavities?

Cheese is a great snack for both your oral health and bone health because it’s chock full of calcium, protein, and casein, which can help to restore enamel, strengthen your teeth and jaw bones, and prevent cavities.

Cheese also activates saliva that rinses our mouths of sugar and bacteria.

When you’re customizing your cheese platter, opt for these champion cheeses:

  • Aged Monterey Jack
  • Aged Cheddar
  • Soft-ripened Brie
  • Soft-ripened Camembert
  • Blue Gorgonzola
  • Blue Roquefort

The “types” of cheeses you’ll want to stay away from, or at least limit yourself, are pre-packaged cheese dips and cheese sprays.

Have a very happy and safe 4th of July from all of us here Heroes Dental!

Independence Day is all about celebrating freedom with family, friends, food and fun. At Heroes Dental, we believe you can still enjoy the day without forfeiting your oral health.

Our team of dental experts encourages you to take these tips into action…and be sure to stay well hydrated if you’ll be in South Texas for the holiday.

Don’t forget to request an appointment at any of our family dentistry offices across South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley including in Laredo, Mission, San Juan, Pharr, and Edinburg.

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