Carolina BBQ: Good for Teeth?

chef frog figurine by little grill

When you’re ready to eat some true Southern cuisine, we bet you’re thinking barbecue! Tender, smoky perfection with the tangy sweetness of sauce you’re accustomed to here in North Carolina is truly the answer. Did you know it could be the answer for your teeth, too?

Pork or Beef Barbecue?

We know Carolina is famous for its pork, but when you can’t decide between these two hearty, tasty temptations, give beef a go. Eating beef actually reduces teeth-crowding and promotes proper jaw development.

Nutrient Value to Teeth

Lean beef is a wholesome, nutrient-rich food. A single 3-ounce serving of lean beef provides 10 essential nutrients in about 150 calories, including nutrients like iron, zinc, and B vitamins that are critical for development and optimal health throughout life. It has been proven to fight against the growth of bacteria and plaque. B vitamins ward off inflammation in mouth sores, and zinc is proven to fight against the growth of bacteria and plaque, which can decay teeth and gum tissues, resulting in cavities and gum disease.

At Parkside Family Dental, we encourage a healthy, balanced diet, but we know the excitement foods such as barbecue can incite. Remember all things in moderation — don’t go culinary crazy, you know!

What About the Sauce?

Sometimes a barbecue dish doesn’t seem complete without the tangy sauce. We recommend brushing your teeth after you eat any Carolina barbecue, simply because of sugars in the sauce.

Who knew that something so thrilling to your taste buds and part of our local culture could be good for your teeth? If you plan to eat out this weekend at one of our local barbecue joints, remember that barbecue has more dental benefits when you choose beef. If pork is your preference, just mix up your mainstay every so often to beef. Then report your favorite restaurant the next time you visit us!

For more dental health tips, contact Parkside Family Dental!

Contact Us