Should You Let the Food Freedom Ring?

Summer is here! And for many Long Islander, summer holidays would be nothing without a good BBQ! The Fourth of July may seem like the best time to indulge in some of your summertime favorites, but your teeth may not thank you for doing so. Below are five top foods that your dentist wishes you would stay away from this Independence Day.

1. Sugary Drinks

You may know that soda and juices contain high levels of sugar that can be bad for your teeth, but this one is still a worthy mention. Summer BBQ’s have the habit of allowing us to overindulge in our favorite snacks and drinks, including our favorite alcoholic beverages. Limit yourself to one to two sugary drinks before switching off to water - a healthier option that will keep you cool and be kind to your teeth!

2. Chips

A tempting snack, chips can break into small pieces and become lodged in between your teeth and your gums. If you do plan on snacking on chips this Independence Day, keep some toothpicks or floss handy.

3. Pickled Veggies

Anything food swimming in vinegar may taste good, but that doesn’t mean that they’re good for your teeth. Vinegar is extremely acidic, and not only can it erode away at your enamel but it can also make your teeth more sensitive.

4. Corn on The Cob

It’s not the actual corn that is harmful to your teeth, but the cob. Indulging in corn on the cob can cause those with fillings to experience mouth pain or even have one of their fillings become dislodged. If your teeth are on the weaker side, biting on such hard food may even cause them to chip. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to skip this snack altogether, instead try to cut the corn off the cob, or swap it for another veggie favorite.

5. Popsicles

Red, white and blue firecracker popsicles are a staple 4th of July treat, but their booming level of sticky sugar can cause plaque and decay for your child’s teeth. Opt for blueberries, strawberries, and fresh whipped cream as a sweet alternative!


To keep your dental health strong all summer long, remember to brush and floss at least twice daily, and keep up with your regular cleanings, too.


At Suri Dental Group, your comfort is our top priority. We are proud to offer quality care, with honest and upfront pricing. If you do indulge this Fourth of July, we’re here to help with your dental care after the holiday weekend. Make your next dental appointment, or call for a consultation today! (516) 407.8505