Raleigh Dentist Fair Food NC StateJust like that, October is in full swing; which means that the North Carolina State Fair is coming to town.  Get your admission tickets ready!

Even if you are in Raleigh, driving from across the state, or taking the Amtrak train to the fair, the NC state fair is coming soon!

The North Carolina State Fair is a two-week fun-filled, family-friendly event that offers everlasting memories for the whole family. From stuffing faces in delicious cotton candy to defying the laws of gravity on the Ferris Wheel, the state fair has something for everyone in the family to do.

Here is Raleigh Dentist Dr. Rebecca Schmoor and Six Forks Smiles Dentist Guide to the North Carolina State Fair Food:

Funnel Cake

Sweet. Delicious. Succulent. Delectable. These are all great words that describe the first bite into a sweet and fluffy funnel cake.  The most iconic food at the NC State Fair is a must have at the fair; however, funnel cakes are filled with sweet confections that are your teeth’s worst enemy because large portions of sugar can contribute to tooth decay and loss of teeth structure.

Giant Turkey Leg

Just one bite.  Just one more bite.  A giant turkey leg is an action-packed dinosaur sized portion meat that you and your loved ones can enjoy throughout the fair; however, it is also packed with sodium and salt that can be harmful to your teeth.

Though salt can be helpful in the short term to neutralize bacteria and prevent infection, long exposure to sodium and salt can be harmful because teeth rely on calcium to stay strong. High sodium foods like a giant turkey leg can cause your body to produce too much calcium, which can lead to tooth loss, tooth decay, or even osteoporosis.

Deep Fried Oreos

I love Oreos.  I love deep fried items.  How about deep-fried Oreos?  YES!

Whoever made the decree that everything is better when deep fried is—absolutely right. Deep fried Oreos take a classic childhood snack and reimagines it into a fair food lover’s dream.  Easily found at many stands at the fair, these delicious snacks are uplifting to the soul; however, they are a no-go for your teeth because they are loaded with carbohydrates and sugar, which can lead to tooth decay and embedded food debris in and under your gum line.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corn on the Cob

Who doesn’t love Hot Cheetos? It’s Spicy.  It’s Delicious. It’s Hot Cheetos!

Adding two flavors together can be either disastrous or delicious; lucky for Hot Cheetos and corn—it works!  Like it’s south of the board cousin, Elotes, flamin’ hot Cheetos is expected to be a hit at the state fair.  The best part is–it’s respectable when it comes to the healthy teeth factor.

Low in sugar and soft on the teeth, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos corn is a great alternative to deep-fried foods, but respectable enough to stack up alongside the best.

Cotton Candy

Sweet, Sugary Goodness.  Cotton Candy is a hand-spun, sugary confection that is a little kids’ dream food as they skip from side to side.

Often called “fairy floss”, cotton candy is fine strand sugar on a stick, which when eaten excessively can cause tooth decay.

What can I eat the NC State Fair?

The fair is a great time to enjoy with your family and friends, so we at Raleigh Dentist, Six Forks Smiles understand that you should enjoy yourself.  Eating food without sugar is almost impossible, so the key is to eat in moderation.

Then after a fun-filled night of laughing and memories, make sure you don’t forget to brush your teeth thoroughly, floss extra well, and then call us for at 919-834-4450 to schedule an appointment for your annual deep cleaning.