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Backyard barbeques are a staple for most families during the summer season. When planning your next summer party menu, try incorporating some healthy foods and snacks along with the traditional hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato chips. Here are a few ideas for some alternative healthy party foods.

Summer Side Salad 


Apples are an excellent fruit to eat when considering your oral health. Apples help to reduce the bacteria that builds up inside the mouth as well as remove any food particles while stimulating saliva. Strawberries and dried cranberries, likewise, help to reduce gum inflammation and prevent gum disease. Avocados have become a very trendy food lately, with many people incorporating avocados into their daily diet. Not only are they a healthy choice for your overall health, but they are beneficial for your teeth. Rich in folic acid, avocados are a good source to fight gum inflammation. Avocados have more folic acid compared to other popular fruit choices. They are also high in potassium which can strengthen your enamel and lessen your risk of tooth decay. 

Fruit, Veggie, and Cheese Plate


Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, which, as we know, makes your bones stronger. But it also contains a protein which helps to fortify your tooth’s enamel making it stronger. Raw veggies such as carrots and celery provide an excellent source of vitamins and minerals that aid in the strengthening of tooth enamel. Celery also aids in cleaning your teeth because the texture can scrape food particles and bacteria away. And, did you know that green peppers are also an excellent source of calcium? In addition to providing a variety of minerals and vitamins, green peppers are rich in calcium, making it a great addition to this veggie plate. 

Of course, green leafy vegetables are always a healthy choice for any meal. By incorporating leafy greens like kale, spinach, chard, and lettuce into your summer recipes, you can be sure you are making a wise choice for you and your guests’ oral health. 

In order to maintain a healthy mouth throughout the summer months and into the rest of the year, continue to see your dentist on a regular basis. Weaver, Reckner and Reinhart Dental Associates recommend regular cleanings every six months. With convenient early morning and evening office hours, our dental staff is committed to providing you and your families with a healthy smile. 

Whether you are looking for braces in Montgomery County or routine hygiene services, our team is trained to provide our patients with the best care. Our dentists offer a range of procedures from dental implants to root canal treatment, removable and fixed dentures, and facial rejuvenation. You can learn more about our practice and services by browsing our website or contact us at 215-486-1649/215-486-1652.