Find Out the Summer Foods that are Great for your Teeth and Which are Not!
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Summer is here and barbecue season is in full swing. While you’re having fun hanging out with friends and family, bacteria in your mouth will be partying and feasting on leftover food and sugar caught in your teeth. Here is a list of a few summer foods and drinks to limit to help keep your mouth nice and clean as well as those that are good for your teeth!
Watermelon is mostly made up of water! This helps to stimulate the flow of saliva and wash away any excess food that may be stuck on your teeth. As an added bonus, it is full of vitamins that are good for you.
Cheese and other dairy products such as milk and yogurt are a great source of calcium which helps to protect and strengthen your enamel.
Celery and Pears
Both celery and pears have a fibrous texture that are good for your teeth because the fibers act as a natural toothbrush and clean off any excess bacteria on your teeth.
Fruit infused water
Water is excellent for your overall health. It helps your mouth swish away any excess food particles and bacteria. If you want to mix it up a bit, try putting some berries, mint, cucumber, ginger, or other things in your water to give it an added boost of flavor!
Any Type of Leafy Green Vegetable
Leafy greens (such as spinach, kale, and collard greens) are an excellent source of vitamins and other nutritional goodies. They too act like a natural toothbrush and “brush” away plaque and other things that may be on the surfaces of your teeth.
Everyone enjoys eating popsicles and ice cream on a hot summer day to cool down. They may be super tasty to eat but these treats are loaded with extra sugar and can possibly stain your teeth. Try to avoid popsicle flavors such as grape, cherry, or blueberry. Opt instead for vanilla or lemon flavored popsicles instead.
Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a summer barbecue staple. The problem with this food is that it can easily get stuck between teeth and stay there for a long time. This is a perfect feeding ground for bacteria, and if left there for too long it may cause cavities. To avoid this problem, brush and floss your teeth after eating corn.
Now this one may be hard to limit, especially when it’s on the grill. Meat tends to get stuck in your teeth and stays there for quite some time just like corn. Remember to floss your teeth afterwards.
Diet soda is notorious for having high amounts of acidity. Over time, the acid will eat away at your enamel and make your teeth weaker.
Toothpicks are not a food item, but they are used quite often after eating a meal. The problem with toothpicks is that they are sharp and can poke the gums which may create problems. If you find your guests are looking for something to get food out of their teeth, have a bowl of dental floss picks for guests to use.
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