Summer Dental Tips: Serving Smiles for a Summer Party

As summer parties bring together friends and family, maintaining dental health during these gatherings is crucial. Here are some essential summer dental tips to ensure everyone enjoys a healthy smile throughout the summer festivities. (Source: MouthHealthy, 7 MouthHealthy Tips for Your Summer Soiree, ).


Serve the Right Kind of Crunch

Swap out potato chips for healthier options like apples, pears, carrots, celery, and raw broccoli. These delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables act as natural toothbrushes, scrubbing away buildup and stimulating saliva production.

Torbram Dental highlights, “In addition to stimulating saliva production and gently scrubbing teeth, crunchy fruits and vegetables also contribute to dental health by strengthening the jaw muscles. The firm texture of these foods requires more vigorous chewing, which exercises and tones the muscles involved in chewing and supporting the jaw. This increased activity helps maintain strong jawbones and can potentially prevent issues related to jaw weakness or atrophy. Moreover, the increased chewing time required for these foods slows down eating, reducing the likelihood of overeating and promoting better digestion, which indirectly benefits overall health, including oral health.”

Cheese, Please

Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, are excellent for strengthening teeth due to their high calcium and phosphorous content. Including a cheese platter or adding cheese to burgers can help protect tooth enamel and lower the risk of gum disease.

Torbram Dental mentions, “Opt for unsweetened dairy products to avoid added sugars which contribute to tooth decay. Consider lactose-free options for guests with lactose intolerance. A variety of natural dairy options, such as plain Greek yogurt parfaits, cheese platters, and refreshing milk-based smoothies, can be both delicious and beneficial for dental health.”

The Trouble with Toothpicks

Toothpicks can be harmful, potentially piercing gums and leading to infections. Instead, offer dental picks or soft, flexible plaque removers to help guests clean their teeth safely.

Torbram Dental agrees, “Replacing toothpicks with safer alternatives like dental picks or plaque removers can prevent accidental gum injuries and reduce the risk of introducing bacteria. Ensuring your guests have access to these tools promotes better oral hygiene during and after the party.

In addition, to prevent guests from using toothpicks to select food items, consider offering alternatives like mini skewers, cocktail forks, soft bamboo picks, tasting spoons, or mini tongs. These options not only serve the same purpose but also add a dash of elegance and functionality to your party. By providing these alternatives, you can take toothpicks out of the equation and enhance the overall dining experience for your guests.”

Go Seedless

Avoid seeds that can get stuck in your teeth by choosing seedless buns and fruits. Opt for seedless watermelon and other fruits that are less likely to cause discomfort or dental issues.

Torbram Dental comments, “Trust us, your guests will thank you! Serving seedless foods is a simple yet effective way to prevent food from getting lodged between teeth, which can lead to irritation and potential decay. As mentioned, seedless fruits and buns are excellent choices for a tooth-friendly menu.”

Crush, Don’t Cube

Encourage the use of crushed ice instead of cubes to prevent guests from chewing on hard ice, which can damage teeth and enamel.

Torbram Dental says, “Crushed ice is a safer alternative to ice cubes, reducing the risk of dental emergencies like cracked or broken teeth. This small adjustment can help protect your guests’ teeth while keeping their drinks cool.”

Serve Infused Water

Instead of sugary sodas and sports drinks, offer infused water with fruits. This refreshing option is low in sugar and hydrating, though it’s best to use less acidic fruits to protect enamel.

Torbram Dental shares, “Infused water is a fantastic substitute for sugary beverages, providing hydration and flavor without the risk of tooth decay. Using fruits like berries, cucumber, and mint can create delicious combinations that are gentle on your teeth.”

Keep Gum Handy

Provide sugar-free gum for guests to freshen their breath after meals. Chewing sugarless gum is fantastic for stimulating saliva production, which helps prevent tooth decay.

Torbram Dental comments, “Sugar-free gum is an excellent way to maintain oral health after meals. It increases saliva flow, which helps cleanse the mouth and neutralize acids. Make sure to have a variety of flavours for your guests.”


By following these tips, you can host a summer party that not only delights your guests but also promotes their dental health. Enjoy the festivities with the assurance that you’re helping everyone maintain a bright, healthy smile.

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
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Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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