Summer Treats to Avoid for a Healthier Mouth
Now that summer is here, you’re likely ready to enjoy all of your favorite hot weather treats. Unfortunately, some may be detrimental to your oral health. In this blog post, Dr. Lytha Miller of Sunset Dental shares three summer treats to avoid and offers teeth-friendly alternatives you can enjoy instead.
Popsicles are often loaded with sugars and covered in a sugary syrup that can eat away at tooth enamel. Sour popsicles are even more harmful to your teeth as they contain many different kinds of acids that also damage teeth. Try to avoid or limit eating these frozen treats this summer. If you do choose to enjoy them, drink a glass of water afterwards.
Try this Instead: Homemade watermelon popsicles
Watermelon is high in vitamin C and water, the latter of which stimulates saliva production and helps rinse bacteria from the mouth. Enjoy as-is or cut the watermelon into slices, insert Popsicle sticks and freeze.
Lemonade is a summer staple but, although delicious, too much of it can be harmful to your teeth. Acidic fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruit weaken tooth enamel. This, along with the heavy loads of sugar in lemonade can increase your risk of tooth decay. Enjoy your lemonade in moderation and drink plenty of water in between glasses to rinse your mouth.
Try this Instead: Cucumber water
Cucumbers put a refreshing twist on water, and they are packed with antioxidants that offer several health benefits. Simply slice cucumbers before dropping them into a pitcher of water and ice. Not a fan of cucumber? Try adding strawberries and other berries to your water instead!
Potato chips and other starchy foods (e.g., pasta and bread) can easily get lodged between teeth and the crevices of the mouth. This promotes plaque buildup and can ultimately lead to cavities and decay.
Try this Instead: Zucchini chips
For your next summer barbecue, consider serving these chips instead of greasy potato chips. Sprinkling grated or shredded cheese on the chips ensures you get a dose of calcium, which is essential for tooth health. Peel zucchinis and cut them into thin slices before sprinkling cheese on top. Place the chips on a greased pan and bake them at 350-degrees for about 10 minutes on each side or until they are brown.
To learn more nutrition tips or to discuss your oral health with our team, please call Sunset Dental today at (937) 773-8090