It’s summertime, and everywhere you turn there are temptations to indulge in something delicious: ice cream, popsicles, popcorn, hot dogs, smoothies, and fruity drinks. It’s hard enough on your waistline, but what about your teeth? Here is a comprehensive list of foods and drinks you should avoid for the sake of your teeth!
In the summertime when the weather is hot (and humid), we know you’ve got popsicles on your mind! There is nothing more refreshing than any ice-cold fruit pop, but that frozen treat may be doing some serious harm to your teeth. If you’re eating multiple popsicles a day, you are subjecting your teeth to extreme temperature changes, and over time, this can weaken your enamel. Not only this, but the high fructose corn syrup and red dyes in many processed popsicle brands will stain your teeth and can make your teeth more susceptible to cavities. However, not all two popsicles are the same. You can make your own healthy version of a popsicle, or you can go for an all-natural brand that doesn’t lean so heavy on the sugar and food dye. Besides, a treat every once in a while can’t hurt. In fact, one study showed that kids who received a popsicle after visiting the dentist were more happy than when they received a toy!
Iced Coffee & Blended Coffee Drinks
Too many morning trips to Starbucks for your iced coffee or frappucino? We understand that sometimes you need a little pick-me-up, but just remember that coffee will stain your teeth and blended coffee drinks are usually full of sugar! Instead of dumping packets of sugar into your drinks, try a natural alternative like agave syrup or simply rinse your mouth with water after you indulge in your coffee-goodness.
Whether it’s time to take your kids out to the ball game, or crunch on something salty during a summer movie, popcorn is America’s favorite snacking treat. While we love popcorn too, we have to advise you about the kernels that can get stuck between your teeth. Sometimes, they may get stuck and you don’t even see or feel them! Lodged between your pearly whites, these kernels will start attracting bacteria and can create plaque between your teeth. If you or your kiddos are eating popcorn, keep some dental floss handy so you can thoroughly floss your teeth after pigging out!
Have you indulged in too many summer treats already? Come visit us for a teeth cleaning! At Overland Park Family Dental, we want to give you and your family a healthy, bright smile. Call us today to make an appointment, or simply book your appointment online.