- On August 10, 2016
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Can you believe summer is almost over? It seems like just yesterday it was the last day of school before summer, and now here we are packing our backpacks again for fall! We still have a little bit of summer left, so let’s take advantage!
Whether you’re having fun in the sun with family and friends, or relaxing poolside, summertime’s heat-busting snacks are a staple at every outing. However, beware! Some of these sweet treats can be harmful and even damaging to your teeth. Check out our list of healthier alternatives that’ll make your mouth smile!
Popsicles, snow cones and slushies…oh my!
Summer and popsicles go together like sunscreen and swimming pools, but this refreshing snack is not as mouth-friendly as it appears. Popsicles are often loaded with sugar, and artificial-dyes that stain your teeth. Every time you consume popsicles, and other sugary snacks like snow cones and slushies, your teeth are exposed to sugar for long periods of time, increasing your risk of developing cavities. For a healthier alternative try freezing fruit like grapes and berries, they give you the same mouth-chilling effect and are also packed with vitamins!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for (banana) ice cream.
It wouldn’t be summer without the tune of the ice cream truck going around the block every day. Ice cream is another popular cold snack enjoyed all year round, but more than ever during the summer months. Like popsicles, ice cream is made with a large amount of sugar, and can cause tooth decay and hurt sensitive teeth. One way to enjoy the creamy coolness of ice cream without harming your teeth is to swap your tub of Ben and Jerry’s out for this one-ingredient banana ice cream. Not only will this ice cream alternative satisfy your sweet tooth, but bananas contain magnesium and phosphorous which both strengthens and repairs tooth enamel!
When life gives you lemons, put them in a jug of ice water.
When the temperature starts to rise we often turn to beverages like lemonade, soda, and sports drinks to cool down. The high amounts sugar and acid found in these drinks eat away at your tooth enamel and increase your risk of tooth decay. When it comes to quenching your thirst during summer’s hottest days, it’s important to stay hydrated and healthy with plenty of water. Check out this article for refreshing ways to infuse your H2O.
It is okay to indulge in these summertime snacks in moderation, however to prevent the harmful effects food and beverages can have on your smile, we suggest brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day and visiting our office for regular cleanings twice a year!