Happy Fourth of July from the doctors and staff of River Dentistry! We hope you enjoy the holiday, the food, the fireworks, and have a great time with your family and friends.
To help keep your Fourth of July party as joyful as possible, we’ve put together a few dental tips that will keep your smile as bright as the fireworks. And, speaking of fireworks, if you do not yet have a plan to see those tonight, we have compiled a list of Fourth of July fireworks options in Los Angeles area, too. And after all the holiday fun and food, make your dental cleaning appointment before July 30th, mention Fourth of July dental special, and receive a free fluoride varnish treatment.
Fourth of July Foods
Ice and pretzels are common at Fourth of July parties. Try to avoid chewing on ice, and if the pretzels are a bit stale, try dunking them in some water before you take a bite. Even better, cheese, celery, and onions can all help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, and they should be in easy supply at your celebrations.
Day-long snacking is a common event at Independence Day celebrations. To help keep your teeth clean without bringing a toothbrush, try chewing on some sugarless gum. It will remove food particles and stimulate saliva production to wash holiday foods off your teeth.
Fourth of July Drinks
Beer and soda are usually the most popular beverages at Fourth of July parties, but make sure to alternate these drinks with water. This will help keep to cut down on calories and keep your teeth clean, keeping the pH normal in your mouth. As an added bonus, drinking lots of water usually helps to avoid hangovers.
And whatever you may drink, please do not try to open bottles with your teeth. This may sound ridiculous, but it happens more than you might think. When the bottle opener disappears, some people may resort to desperate tactics, and teeth are often involved. Beer bottle-related tooth injuries actually make up a large percentage of party-related dental problems. Don’t do it!
Fourth of July Fireworks
We’ve made it to the Fourth of July this year. So, when the sun goes down today, get ready for some epic fireworks. Here are some of the official fireworks displays around downtown Los Angeles today:
- Grand Park: The Music Center will be hosting a free “block party” for all ages in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park beginning at 2 p.m., with fireworks coloring the downtown skyline running from 9 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Grand Park is located at 200 North Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.
- Exposition Park: The annual Fourth of July celebration at Exposition Park will be hosted at the Memorial Coliseum. The event is family-friendly and free to the public, with music, food, and various non-profit organizations operating booths. A fireworks show will run from 9 to 9:30 p.m. The Exposition Park is located at 3911 South Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles.
- Hollywood Bowl: The Hollywood Bowl will be holding its annual Fireworks Spectacular this year with a concert. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks are scheduled following the show. The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood.
- Dodgers Stadium: The Fourth of July kicks off at Dodgers Stadium with a game at 6:10 p.m. Fireworks will begin following the game. Dodgers Stadium is located at 1000 Vin Scully Avenue in Echo Park.
The Los Angeles Fire Department also has a list of public fireworks displays around the city.
Now, after you and your teeth survived all the America’s birthday celebration food and fun, don’t forget to come in for your regular dental cleaning! Make your dental cleaning appointment before July 30th, mention this email or Fourth of July dental special, and receive a free fluoride varnish treatment.