Healthy Summer Treats That Won’t Hurt Your Smile


This scorching time of year can be a real nightmare for your smile. While it is tempting to enjoy ice cream, popsicles and slushies all day long to combat the heat, it’s bad for your dental health to be under a constant barrage of sugary items. Thankfully, there are plenty of healthy and refreshing alternatives to consider, including the ideal summer fruit:

Watermelon

Summer BBQs are never complete without giant slabs of juicy watermelon. Not only is it a tasty and refreshing treat on hot days, watermelon is also beneficial for your teeth. Being mostly water, this fruit stimulates saliva flow, which is very effective in maintaining a healthy, bright smile.  Watermelon, like strawberries, is also packed with antioxidants and tons of Vitamin C which are great when going through any kind of recovery. Snacking on watermelon will also fill you up with Vitamin A, which is great for your skin and a fantastic complement to your beautiful smile!

If you just can’t beat the craving for a cool, creamy treat this summer, save your teeth and your budget by creating your own delicious frozen yogurt smoothies. Check out the following post for tips:

Yogurt

Ok, yogurt is available all year long. Packed with probiotics, calcium and protein, stick with no added sugar flavors for the healthiest choice. Healthy doesn’t mean boring, try mixing in those fresh strawberries for the perfect sweet and creamy snack. Beat the heat by turning them into frozen yogurt pops. Kids and adults will love this healthy swap!



Resist the Temptation and Save Your Smile

There’s a reason that hotels and spas offer naturally flavored waters to their customers. They’re cool, refreshing and good for you. You can make some at home to replace sugary drinks and help keep your teeth and body healthy. Experiment with cucumber water, lemon or lime juice, strawberries, melons, pineapple and even berries to create a delicious way to replenish and rejuvenate. Your smile will definitely thank you.

Say no to sugary drinks and snacks

As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. “Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice and soda,” says Dr. Hayes. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in a while, and not often.” Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals. And, don’t let summertime grazing damage your child’s smile. “Taking a break from snacking is healthy for your teeth,” says Dr. Hayes. “It allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth, wash away leftover food and get stronger.”