Summer is a great time for soaking up Vitamin D and getting plenty of outdoor exercise. Summer foods and drinks are not always so healthy for our teeth, though. Many popular summer foods and drinks will stain and damage your teeth and gums. Here is a list of foods to avoid to keep your dental health in good shape.
Fruit juice can cause tooth decay, and the high acid in these juices can wear down enamel and cause tooth erosion. In addition to high acidity, fruit juices are also very high in sugar. Many fruit juices have added sugar, but even all-natural juices contain a surprisingly high number of natural sugar. Instead of using fruit juice to quench your thirst, stick with water. If you really can’t give up the juice, then at the very least dilute the juice with water or even fizzy water.
If you’re health conscious, then you know blueberries are considered a superfood by many. They’re full of antioxidants, as evidenced by their deep blue color. We’ve only included blueberries on our list because they can so easily stain your teeth. We still think you should eat blueberries, but just be sure to rinse your mouth with water to prevent any unwanted staining.
Ice Cream & Popsicles
Hello, sugar attack! Ice cream is such a satisfying summer staple, but its high sugar content and freezing temperature will damage your teeth. If you have tooth sensitivity, you should avoid popsicles and ice cream altogether to avoid the pain! If you must indulge in ice cream and popsicles, look for an all-natural version with no added sugars. After indulging, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to wash away all the sugar left on your teeth.
There are many healthy summer food options, including watermelon, strawberries, and, of course, water!
If you’ve been indulging too much in summer treats, make an appointment with Dr. Miller for a dental check-up or cleaning. Call today or schedule your appointment online.