Backyard BBQ Hacks & GEDC’s ‘Show Us Your Summer Smile!’ Social Media Contest


The first day of summer is right around the corner, which means the majority of us will regularly indulge in delicious BBQ food with our close friends and family. However, as you’re probably aware, BBQ food isn’t always the easiest on your teeth, or your smile. Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) is sharing Backyard BBQ tips to be sure your summer smile is always looking clean:

  • Take advantage of the veggie platter: BBQs are not known for being the tidiest meals. When pesky foods such as corn or ribs get stuck in your teeth, grab raw carrots or celery to munch on to help dislodge food that gets stuck in your teeth. It is also proven that firm or crisp food help to clean your teeth as they’re eaten by scraping off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes and toothpaste! Not into veggies? Keep a travel-sized container of floss handy for those hard-to-reach spots.
  • Pass the cheese, please: Enjoy the cheese tray before your meal. The calcium in cheese sticks to your teeth, shielding them from acids in other foods. Cheese can even heal tooth enamel where a cavity is about to form. If you worry about bad breathe, stock up on mints that you can easily pop in your mouth or share with others!
  • Avoid chips and dips: Although they are yummy, starches like potato chips, crackers, bread and pasta are as bad as sugars when they are in your mouth. They easily get stuck in the grooves of your molars. While you’re at it, avoid ketchup and dark colored sauces as they can stain your teeth. Instead, opt for bright colored alternatives such as mustard.
  • Make the main course work for YOU: Have braces? Scrape the corn kernels off the cob to avoid getting them stuck in-between brackets. If unavoidable, use floss to promptly remove the pesky kernel. While ribs are delicious, they tend to be messy. Pack your own hand wipes before heading out to your next BBQ to avoid a messy mouth and fingers.

Now through July by following those four simple tips, you’ll be ready for GEDC’s ‘Show Us Your Summer Smile!’ social media contest!


Wherever you are & whatever you’re doing this summer, show us your summer smiles & you could win!
Enter by sharing a photo of your summer smile in the GEDC’s Facebook comments.
BONUS – include our logo in your photo somehow to enter to win even more!
Weekly winners will take home a Summer Smile Travel Kit, and one grand prize winner will receive a Sensational Summer Smile Backpack, filled with a $100 Visa gift card, movie passes and our favorite oral care products!

Here are the complete terms and conditions.

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  1. I didn’t know that about chips and dip. Your making me want to face paint. 😉

  2. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms

    Interesting re: the calcium in cheese … new fact for me. I love BBQing!

  3. Eating corn on the cob with braces is the worst. But it tastes so good. Great tip to scrape it off!

  4. When I had braces, that’s how I used to eat corn on the cob, too. And I didn’t know that about carrots! So cool. We BBQ often so these tips are really great!

  5. Diane Sullivan says:

    These are some super summer hacks. With all of the BBQs coming up in our family I really am thrilled to have some new ideas. I generally do bring the veggie assortment, this way I know I don’t have to wonder if I will have to face off with the chip bowl. The cheese platter is another great idea. Maybe I will bring that along with the veggies to our next family out party. Happy Summer! Thanks for the great tips.

  6. No chips and dips! *cries* I do agree though and I usually go right for that first but I know I need to stop and think of better ways to enjoy the BBQ. Great tips

  7. I love summer time bbqs it is so much fun to get together with family and friends to visit with everyone! These are great tips, I know I am a sucker for chips and dips, plus the dessert table. I need t remember to pack wet ones for my husband, he is always getting messy with ribs.

  8. Great tips! It’s easy to get lax on thinking about things like dental care during the summer when you’re lazier in general, but this is a great reminder of how easy it is to make smart choices and take good care of our teeth.

  9. Your first tip is so simple but so smart! After having braces as a teenager, I’ve never gotten over the fear that I have something massive stuck in my teeth. But using a firm veggie to rub the teeth is super brilliant– now I won’t have to worry anymore!

  10. I have a weakness for dips! lol! I love all kinds of dips but know I really need to stick to the fruit and veggie trays. 😉 I love seeing happy smiles during our family parties and BBQs. Need a nice pretty smile!

  11. These are great tips for BBQ time! Don’t we all love to munch on those delicious corn on the cob and finger-lickin’-good BBQ ribs but we always have to be picture-ready too for those summer snapshots… BTW, may I just say those are wonderful summer giveaways!

  12. Awww man!! The fact about the chips and dip really makes me sad. I LOVE chips and dip!!! But what a nifty fact about the veggies. I ALWAYS get meat in my teeth and it’s the most annoying thing in the world!

  13. These are some great tips! Especially the veggies and cheese ones – I had no idea! Definitely great to remember when heading out to this summer’s BBQ’s (which are my favorite part of summer in the South!).

  14. This post brings me back to my preteens when I had to wear braces…only for a year fortunately. I remember constantly having to check for food in my teeth and NEVER left home without that tiny little toothbrush the orthodontist provides you with 😉

  15. Carrying dental floss, wet wipes, and hand sanitizers are essential especially for those who are very organized and can’t stand dirty stuff. Mints are also okay but I prefer brushing the teeth and using toothpaste with a minty feel.