Oral health care at the state fair

Looking forward to your state fair? Along with exciting attractions, the state fair can introduce foods that aren’t great for your teeth. Before buying your ticket, check out our tips to keep the fair from harming your oral health.

Sweet treats

Moderation is key at the fair. While it’s fine to indulge in something sweet here and there, avoid foods with especially high volumes of sugar like funnel cakes and fried candy bars. All that sugar fosters an environment in your mouth that feeds bacteria. The bacteria then create acids that harm your tooth enamel. Over time, it can even lead to tooth decay and cavities.

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Teeth care

When that deep-fried cookie dough is calling your name and you simply can’t resist, follow it up with the oral health basics. If you can, pack a travel-size toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and floss. Sneak into the bathroom after meals to clean your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum is a good short-term solution to reduce leftover food particles until the next time you can brush.

Healthier options

Amid the bounty of sweet concoctions, you can still find healthy options. Try choosing fair foods that are friendlier to your mouth like fresh fruit smoothies, meat and veggie kabobs, roasted nuts and salads. Or, to ensure that your teeth and tummy get the nutrients they need, pack healthy foods to snack on. Chomping on carrots or apples (sometimes called nature’s dental detergent) after a sugary snack can help remove harmful mouth debris.

Water is another great way to help maintain your oral health at the fair. Drink water throughout the day to wash away acids that erode tooth enamel. If you’re choosing between soda and water, remember that your teeth will always be happier with water.

Cotton candy was invented by a dentist from Nashville but made its public debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.

Staying prepared

Between the bumper cars and the candied apples, fairgoers face multiple opportunities for mouth injuries. Keep your dentist’s phone number and a map to the exit on hand. See our article on mouth emergency prep for more information.

Check out your state’s fair and all the unique activities it has to offer. Just be sure to keep your oral health in mind so you can leave with great memories and a healthy smile.

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