Summertime means hot days and cool, sweet treats. But amongst the ice cream and the popsicles, what summer treats can you enjoy without worrying about the damage it’s doing to your teeth? Here are some tasty summer treats that are dentist-approved.
Grapes are high in antioxidants called flavonoids which fight free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation. They also contain vitamins A and C as well as minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. Grape seed extract may also help to reduce tooth decay by toughening dentin beneath the enamel.
Fresh fruit is nature’s dessert. From oranges to strawberries, fresh fruit is great on your teeth and won’t lead you straight to the dentist’s office. Fibrous fruits like apples and bananas are a great snack for your teeth because the simple act of chewing the fruits stimulates your gums. This stimulation reduces cavity-causing bacteria and increases your salivary flow. Saliva is vital to a healthy mouth because it neutralizes acids in your mouth and washes away food particles that get stuck in your teeth. Berries such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries contain vitamin C, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and phytonutrients that decrease gum inflammation. The water content in fresh fruits such as watermelon also keeps you and your mouth hydrated.
You may know that yogurt is good for your health, but did you know that it’s also good for your teeth? Packed with probiotics, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, yogurt is a great summer treat. And to make it even more refreshing, try freezing yogurt in popsicle molds so you have a tasty, cool alternative to sugar-packed frozen treats like ice cream. But be careful of the sugar content when you’re at the grocery store. Be sure to buy yogurt that’s low in sugar, unsweetened, or plain. You can add natural low-calorie sweeteners or honey to sweeten the yogurt, or even add your favorite fruits and nuts. Frozen yogurt pops are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth and beat the summer heat.
Another great way to cool off is to combine yogurt and fruit in a blender for a cool, refreshing smoothie. This summer treat combines the benefits of yogurt and fresh fruits to create a yummy dessert that won’t harm your teeth. Try a fruit and yogurt smoothie for breakfast or even a post-dinner dessert.