Summer is officially here, and the team at our dental office in Sacramento is ready to soak up the sun and enjoy those long summer nights with family and friends. Besides sunshine and warm days, summer also tends to come with picnics, weddings, and other events packed with yummy foods. From hot dogs and BBQ to corn and fresh fruits, summer foods are meant to be enjoyed. But some of these delicious treats aren’t so great for smiles.
Corn on the Cob
This traditional summer favorite is packed with healthy nutrients such as vitamin C and fiber. However, corn on the cob can is one of those foods that can easily get stuck in between teeth. This means you should floss and drink water after eating it to help remove any food particles that may be lingering around before they have a chance to cause problems.
Condiments are often overlooked when it comes to considering them as part of your meal. But these add-ons can be loaded with sugar or acid which can wear away enamel and leave teeth at risk for decay. Try to use the following condiments sparingly:
- BBQ Sauce
- Salad Dressing
Summer is hot, which means we may be thirstier than normal and therefore, drink more. Ideally, we should hydrate ourselves with lots of water, but soda is often a staple at many summer events. Do your best to enjoy these sugary drinks in moderation… they are loaded with sugar and acid. If your teeth are exposed to these ingredients too much or too often, your teeth are more likely to decay and get cavities. Additionally, drinking soda without a straw can essentially coat your teeth in the sugary liquid, which again puts your teeth at greater risk.
Another common summer beverage of choice is alcohol including wine, liquor, and beer. These drinks are naturally drying and may cause you to be even thirstier. They can also reduce saliva production and leave your mouth feeling really dry, creating an ideal environment for bacteria and plaque to do some damage. Drink alcohol responsibly and alternate a glass of water in between drinks to help rehydrate your mouth.
As summer gets underway, do your best to choose healthy foods such as vegetables, chicken, and cheese to protect your smile. And of course, always make sure to see your dentist in Sacramento every six months.