With summertime quickly approaching, you are likely planning out the best foods to enjoy this year. Some of the foods that show up regularly during the summertime are great for your smile. However, other foods can do a number on your teeth. If you want to have a great looking and healthy smile this summer, keep this list of foods and drinks handy. It can help you determine the best summer menu for keeping your smile healthy and looking bright.
Foods and Drinks to Indulge In This Summer
Strawberries come out during the later parts of the spring and into the summer. These are a great type of fruit to eat, plus they can help whiten your smile when you regularly eat them. Even just eating 2-3 strawberries per day can help improve the look of your smile.
Yogurt is another great food to indulge in during the summertime. It can be regular yogurt from the fridge, or even frozen yogurt instead of ice cream when the weather gets hot. It helps prevent cavities, plus it also helps you digest the foods you eat even better.
When you want a cool drink, opt for cool tea. If you opt for tea, you get all of the nutritional benefits that come with it, as well as the ability to help decrease any inflammation that may be in your mouth.
Consumables to Avoid This Summer
In terms of what to avoid, coffee, regular or iced, is definitely one of the things on that list. It can quickly stain your teeth, even with ice in it, and it can also promote more tooth decay. Go with water or tea instead to avoid these problems.
Never chew on ice, no matter how hot it may be outside. If you really want ice, you can slowly suck on an ice cube, but the best thing to drink is cool water through a straw.
Citrus fruits are often considered refreshing when the weather is hot, but they are also dangerous for your teeth. The acids in citrus fruits can degrade your enamel by means of erosion, and should be avoided whenever possible.
For more help planning out your summer menu, call our office. Come in and see one of our dentists, and let us talk to you about the best and worst items you can consume. Here at Cooper Family Dentistry, we want you to be able to indulge when summertime comes around. The only thing we ask is that you indulge in the items that are going to benefit your mouth as well as the rest of your body!