Summer is here, and many people love to indulge in some refreshing treats to beat the heat. But did you know that some of these treats may not meet with the approval of your family dentist?
Here are some common summer foods and drinks that your dentist would only want you to consume in moderation.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but ice cream is one of the worst offenders when it comes to tooth decay. Not only is it loaded with sugar, but it also exposes your teeth to extreme cold, which can cause sensitivity and cracks. If you can't resist a scoop of ice cream, opt for sugar-free or low-sugar varieties and avoid toppings like caramel, chocolate, or nuts that can stick to your teeth and cause cavities.
Nothing says summer like a glass of lemonade, but this drink is also bad for your teeth. The acidity of lemons can erode your enamel, making your teeth more prone to stains and decay. Plus, most lemonades are sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, which feeds the bacteria in your mouth and produces acid that damages your teeth. If you want to enjoy lemonade, make your own with fresh lemons and a sugar-free sweetener, and drink it through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.
Barbecue sauce is a staple of summer grilling, but it can also stain your teeth and cause decay. Barbecue sauce is usually high in sugar, vinegar, and tomato, which are all acidic and can weaken your enamel. The dark color of barbecue sauce can also leave behind unsightly stains on your teeth. To prevent this, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after eating barbecue sauce, and choose a sauce that is low in sugar and vinegar.
Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a delicious summer treat, but it can also be hard on your teeth. The kernels of corn can get stuck between your teeth and create a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. The cob itself can also damage your teeth if you bite into it too hard or too often. To protect your teeth, cut the corn off the cob before eating it, and floss or use a toothpick to remove any kernels that get stuck in your teeth.
Popsicles are another cool treat that can harm your teeth. They also contain artificial colors and flavors that can stain your teeth and irritate your gums. And of course, they are full of sugar that feeds the bacteria in your mouth and causes decay. If you want to enjoy popsicles, look for natural or sugar-free options that are made with fruit juice or water, and avoid biting or chewing on them.
To ensure that your teeth stay their healthiest this summer, schedule a consultation with a family dentist in your area.Share