Healthy Summer Foods for Teeth

During those cold winter months, many of us look forward to feeling those warm summer rays again! Everyone enjoys a good sunbathing every once in a while, but while the sun is out and the weather is warm, your teeth might not be enjoying themselves as much as you are. Most of us have some warm-weather foods that we like to indulge in during those toasty summer days, but we likely give little thought to how these foods can affect our smile. Foods that are high in acids or sugars can be potentially damaging to your teeth. Your teeth are porous and easy to stain and damage, so it’s best to give attention to what you are snacking on.

Warm Weather Foods to Be Aware Of:

Iced Coffee

Many people start their days off sipping coffee in the morning, but what can be even more harmful is that they keep drinking it throughout the day. This means that the coffee stays in contact with your teeth longer and can leave deep stains. One way to avoid this is to make sure you always use a straw and rinse your mouth with water after you are done with your drink.

Pickles & Pickled Vegetables

The vegetables and even the pickles themselves can be healthy for you, but what really hurts your teeth is the sugary and vinegar-filled brine that these are made of. Sugars and acids can wear away at the enamel of your teeth as well as cause cavities.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are important to make sure that you stay hydrated on a hot day. Unfortunately, these drinks are full of sugar that can be harmful to your smile.

Diet Soda

You might think that there’s no problem with diet soda since they typically have zero sugar content, but that’s not the case. These drinks are still very acidic and are bad for your teeth.

Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce is full of sugar and vinegar. Since it covers many summer barbecue recipes, especially soft meats, sugar and vinegar can end up sticking to your teeth for hours.

Helpful Tips – Eat More Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are low in sugar content and are fibrous. Fibrous foods help produce saliva flow, which is a natural defense against cavities. They are also not acidic which makes them the perfect snack food!

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