Summer is great for spending quality time with friends and family, and often daily routines can become more relaxed during the summer months. However, it’s still important to maintain healthy oral habits that will protect your family’s teeth this summer.
Limit Sugary Drinks
Often, summer drinks tend to be high in sugars or will be quite acidic. Sugars and acid can cause tooth decay and enamel erosion, so whenever possible, choose plain water instead. After eating, make sure water is available for rinsing your mouth as it helps to wash away excess sugars and reduces acidity levels in your mouth.
Look for Reduced Sugar Options
Summer treats like cakes, popsicles and even barbecue sauce tend to be loaded with sugar. Get into the habit of reading food labels and look for reduced or preferably sugar-free options for summertime treats. Otherwise, enjoy sugary foods with your main meal as damage to teeth is reduced.
Choosing Healthier Snacks
When you are out and about, make sure you pack a cooler bag of snacks that includes tooth-friendly foods such as apples, carrots and celery. Dairy products like cheese and sugar-free yoghurt are great for teeth as they contain plenty of calcium and protein. Other choices include plain nuts or whole-grain crackers.