Your friends and family are over, there’s plenty of ice in the cooler, and you’re prepping the grill for a delicious BBQ meal. While this may be your twentieth barbecue of the season (which is certainly not a bad thing), it bears some reminding: you need to be careful with barbecue food when you have braces. Here are four tips to abide by!


TIP #1 – Meats

When you wear braces, grill your meats low and slow. When you grill meats slowly at a lower temperature, the meat become tender and juicy. If you’re not a meat person, consider grilling fish, which are always tender and braces-friendly.

TIP #2 – Side dishes

We know that one of the most popular side dishes in the summer is corn on the cob. Unfortunately, braces and corn on the cob don’t mix well. But, we don’t want you to miss out on this tasty dish! Go ahead and roast those ears on the grill, then use a knife to cut the kernels off the cob. Other options include potato salad, pasta salad, and deviled eggs.

TIP #3 – Snacks

Barbecue snacks usually mean hard foods like pretzels, popcorn, and potato chips. Consider swapping these snacks with some baked chips and vegetables and dipping sauce like salsa or guacamole. Other soft foods you can include: string cheese, fruit, or yogurt.

TIP #4 – Drinks

While drinks may not damage the brackets or wires in your mouth, they are a major contributor to tooth decay (which is very bad for the teeth you’re trying to fix!). Instead of sugary soda or iced tea, make sure you have plenty of water available. You can also try whipping up some fruit smoothies!


Everyone at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County hopes you enjoy the rest of your summer — delicious BBQ’s included! If any dental issues arise, don’t hesitate to give one of our offices a call.

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