The 4th of July is one of our nation’s most popular holidays, since we gather together with family and friends to celebrate our great country. Dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych wants to encourage his patients to have a safe and happy July 4th celebration.
We don’t want to put a damper on your fun, but here are a few tips to keep in mind to maintain good dental health during this festive holiday!
Avoid Empty Calories: Most July 4th parties include a wide range of different foods, many which are high in fat and calories but low in nutrition. According to your dentist Columbia, foods with empty calories – such as potato chips, ice cream, sodas and full-calorie beers – cause insulin in our bodies to spike and promote the storage of fat without really providing any nutrition.
To avoid empty calories, choose foods that are more wholesome, such as whole-wheat hamburger buns, lean chicken instead of beef, salad instead of chips and fruit-based desserts.
Practice Portion Control: When you’re at a party, watch portion sizes as they can quickly get out of control. Split a steak or a burger with a spouse or friend, and limit the amount of processed foods you eat. Load up half of your plate with vegetables and fruit, or use a smaller plate to help control portion sizes.
Bring a Healthy Dish to Share: Take even more control over what you eat at a July 4th barbecue by bringing at least one wholesome dish that you really enjoy. This could be a gluten-free dessert that doesn’t have a lot of sugar but is heavy on high-fiber fruit, or a vegetable dish that’s full of flavor. Whatever dish you decide to share, make sure it’s one that satisfies your hunger without indulging in those empty calories.
Move, Move, Move: Moving is one way to burn calories while you’re at a barbecue or party. Encourage other people at the barbecue to play games with you, like relay races or lawn games to add some fun to the party. There will also be plenty of people to visit with during the celebration, so stroll around and keep some distance between you and the table of food to help avoid temptation.
Once the July 4th celebrations are over, make plans to come in to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. Call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule your post-holiday appointment!