Keeping a healthy oral hygiene routine during the summer can be a challenge as it’s so easy to stock up your pantry with sugar-filled snacks for the kids to enjoy. But we want your family to maintain healthy teeth so trips to the dentist won’t be full of unnecessary fillings for cavities caused by unhealthy foods.
Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry wants to help you take care of your teeth this summer season. Avoid the cookies and candies, and let’s take a look at some healthier alternatives that are sure to keep your family happy.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
If you are looking for the perfect treat to cool down on a hot summer day, then keep your apples in your refrigerator (or even leave them in the freezer for a couple of minutes) to turn them cool and crisp. Not only will a sweet apple satisfy your sweet tooth, but it will also help to keep your pearly whites shining.
Apples raise pH levels in your mouth and the rich fibers help wash away plaque and other foods from your teeth and gums. If your little ones are picky eaters, try serving them along a small amount of low sugar peanut butter for dipping – they are sure to love it!
Popsicles Are a Dream Come True
Now, don’t get too excited. We aren’t talking about the traditional sugar filled cherry pops here. This summer, smoothie pops are the best thing ever.
All you need is to gather some fresh fruit such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or any other of your favorites. Next, simply blend them as you wish with some greek yogurt and a tad of milk, freeze for a few hours, and enjoy!Keep smiles bright this #summer #smoothiepops #littleheroes Click To Tweet
Say Yes to Kabobs
Who can resist a delicious kabob? Kabob’s scream summertime food and are extremely easy to prepare – especially when the only ingredient is fresh fruit!
Blueberries, strawberries, melon, pineapple, and grapes are the best options for a scrumptious and delightful result. You can even add some of your favorite cheeses to your recipe. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Cheesy snacks are some of the best snacks for tooth health. You can serve up cheese in so many different ways like:
- Grilled cheese
- String cheese
- Cheese and crackers
- Cheese quesadillas
- Meat and cheese bite-sized snacks
Cheese is a fantastic choice for healthy teeth and gums. The calcium helps rebuild tooth enamel and also aids in producing saliva, which can kill cavity-causing bacteria.
Water is Your Best Friend
Drink as much water this summer as possible. Staying hydrated is important for maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Water will help wash away food debris and keeps your saliva levels high. Saliva is your mouth’s most powerful defense against decay. It contains elements that neutralize plaque acids and also helps repair early tooth damage and decay.
Avoid These Summertime No-Nos
Now that we have covered our best snacks for this summer, let’s take a look at some you should absolutely avoid:
- Sodas or any drinks high in sugar
- Ice cream
- Artificially flavored and sugary popsicles
- Hard or chewy candies
- Potato chips
- Dried fruits
Staying away from these foods will definitely help in keeping your smile shining bright all summer long.