Methuen Dentist Shares Healthy Snack Ideas
As the spring season continues to unfold, people everywhere seems to be abuzz with the smells, tastes and sounds of summer just around the corner. The warmth of the summer months, time spent in the sun on the patio barbequing with family and friends are all reasons that make summer one of the most enjoyable seasons of the year.
However, when it comes to all the delicious tastes and flavors of the summer, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that there are some summer foods that are hard on your teeth and gums. Now, we’re not saying that you should give up all the deliciousness of your favorite summer time meals, however, it’s important to know why some foods are bad and which foods are good and promote proper oral health.
After all, it’s still easily possible to maintain a bright and healthy smile, while enjoying summer foods that are good for your teeth.
Typically, the acids that are present in the food we eat can have a detrimental affect on our teeth. However, there are certain dairy products that reduce the levels of acid in your mouth and can promote good oral health. Cheese, for example, is high in calcium, a bone-building nutrient that works to make your teeth, as well as your bones stronger. In addition, cheese also contains a protein known as casein, which works to reinforce and fortify tooth enamel.
Due to their high fiber content, most fresh vegetables are good for your teeth, and your overall health as well. Furthermore, the fibrous nature of vegetables such as celery causes the need for extra chewing, which increases saliva production in your mouth. So, next time you’re looking for a crunchy snack, don’t overlook the celery sitting in your fridge. It’s is a mouth-friendly choice that works to clean your mouth and it even helps with digestion.
It’s no secret that a cookout just isn’t complete with an ice-cold soda or sweetened iced tea to go along with it. However, it’s important to understand that these drinks are loaded with sugar and we recommend that you stick to water as much as possible.
Most people prefer to just drop a couple ice cubes into their water, but if you prefer something with a bit more flavor, try adding fresh fruits or cucumbers to your water and letting it sit. Infused water isn’t only tooth-friendly, it’s also a huge benefit to your overall physical health.
Another tooth-friendly food for summer are pears. Just like celery, pears are high in fiber and work to stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth. Furthermore, pears have a more of an acid neutralizing effect in your mouth than other types of fruit.
While sticking to this list is a great way to keep your smile at its best, there are plenty of other foods that you can eat that don’t have any harmful effects on your teeth. Just remember to stay away from anything full of sugar and of course, don’t forget to brush and floss every day!
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