Last time, we discussed the effects of jawbone deterioration on your dental health. This week, the dentists at Dentistry of Nashville are blogging to remind you about the state fair. It’s the last weekend for you to come out and support your local community at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville.
History of the Tennessee State Fair
For more than 150 years, families in Tennessee gather in September to attend the State Fair in Nashville. The state fair is where auto racing got famous in Tennessee, and popular entertainers from Sonny and Cher to Bob Hope and Dr. Hook made appearances. The Tennessee State Fair prides itself in remaining true to its educational roots, while providing families with wholesome fun.
The 2015 Fair
The theme this year is “Red, White and You,” as an annual showcase on what makes America and Tennessee great. At the fair you and your children can learn how Tennessee gets its food, the value of arts and crafts, and not to mention try the state’s best homemade apple pie.
There will be a variety of free entertainment for fairgoers after the paid admission. There are a variety of competitions from 4-H to Creative Arts and Pageants. You’ll have to do a special registration for them online.
How much?: Tickets cost $8 for those that are aged 18+, those under 18 cost $6
Where: Tennessee State Fairgrounds 500 Wedgewood Ave. Nashville, TN 37203
When: Every day until Sunday, September 20
Bring your kids and get out of the house this weekend for some ole’ time fun. You can go ahead and get your tickets online here.
How to Protect Your Teeth
One of the best parts of attending the fair is the funnel cakes, pies, cotton candy, and corn dogs. After all, the fair is only once a year, so it’s almost okay to splurge junk food. Unfortunately, sweets and junk food are horrible for your dental health. There are some special tips you can use to avoid dental decay while at the fair this weekend.
- Opt for water instead of coke. Chances are you’ll already have a funnel cake. Avoid further tooth decay by consuming sugary and acidic soft drinks.
- Pick your teeth after a turkey leg or ribs. Chances are you’ll want to consume some delicious meat on a bone. You should pick your teeth afterward, so the junks that get stuck in between your teeth don’t fester.
- Avoid the cotton candy. Cotton candy is literally spun sugar. If you do decide to have some cotton candy, rinse your mouth with water afterward.
- Don’t bite too hard into your corn dog. If you opt for the corn dog, don’t chew on the wooden stick. Chewing on items that aren’t made for teeth will damage them, or worse, cause your tooth to chip.
- Watch for warning signs. If your teeth feel sensitive while you’re consuming cold or sweet food, then chances are you already have some tooth decay. Sensitivity to sweets is an indication of enamel decay.
- Be careful with the corn on the cob. Corn on the cob is a common cause of broken crowns. Be gentle when biting into your corn to avoid chipped teeth.
- Drink water after eating pickles or sour food. Sour food is the most common cause of tooth decay. One way to even your mouth’s pH out after eating something acidic is by drinking water.
- When you get home from the fair, brush, floss, and rinse. The best method for preventing tooth decay is by maintaining good oral hygiene. Make sure that you go through a rigorous hygiene routine when you get home from consuming a bunch of sugary foods. Use a fluoride rinse to battle any decay that you might already be suffering from. The fluoride will strengthen your enamel.
Is all this talk about dental hygiene making you hungry for fair food? Me too. So, what are you waiting for? Come out and support your local community this week, ride some fun rides, and more importantly soak up all the education there is on agriculture and food.
Don’t Let Your Hygiene Lapse
If it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten a cleaning, make sure that you come in to avoid tooth decay and make sure you don’t have any undetected dental problems. Contact us today for an appointment.