Your guide to a healthy fair

Before you head to the fairgrounds, check out what you can do to protect your teeth.

1. Cut back on sugar

Moderation is key at the fair. While it’s fine to indulge in sweets here and there, avoid foods with especially high volumes of sugar like funnel cakes and fried candy bars. All that sugar feeds cavity-causing bacteria.

Did you know?

The largest state fair in the country takes place in one of the largest states: Texas!

2. Bring a toothbrush (or some gum)

When you can't say no to that deep-fried cookie dough calling your name, follow it up with the oral health basics. If you can, pack a travel-size toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and floss. Stop by the restroom after meals to clean your teeth.

Don't have a toothbrush handy? Chew sugar-free gum to reduce leftover food particles until the next time you can brush.

3. Choose healthy snacks

Amid a bounty of sweets, the fair offers some healthy options, too. Opt for a fresh fruit smoothie, meat or veggie kabob, roasted nuts and a salad. Or, bring your own healthy snacks. Celery sticks, baby carrots and apple slices are easy-to-pack options that are refreshing and low in sugar.

4. Stay hydrated

Drink water throughout the day to quench your thirst and wash away cavity-causing acid and bacteria.

Did you know?

Cotton candy was invented by a dentist from Nashville. It made its public debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.

5. Be prepared

Between the bumper cars and the candied apples, your teeth face multiple risks at the fair. Keep your dentist’s phone number and a map to the exit on hand in case of a dental emergency.

This summer, don't forget to check out your local county or state fair. Keep these tips in mind, and you'll be sure to leave with great memories and healthy smile.

Did you know?

The Georgia State Fair has a one-of-a-kind derby. Instead of traditional jockeys on horses, monkeys ride dogs and race for the top prize.