Summer Snacks to Avoid

Posted on July 5th, 2019

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Which often involves food and drinks! But some of these snacks can be hard on your teeth. So in this blog, we are going to give you some ideas and alternatives that are less hard on your teeth!

Popsicles

This is a classic summer snack and is a go-to when it is hot. But these are not a great thing for the teeth since they have large amounts of sugar and no nutritional value. Some actually have the equivalent of 2 teaspoons of sugar. So our suggestion is instead to make homemade yogurt pops. You can add some sugar-free yogurt, and fruit, into a Popsicle mold. These are much healthier, and dairy increases the ph level in your mouth, and this helps with cavities!

Ice Cream

Another snack for cooling down during the summer is ice cream. While there is nothing wrong with having a little ice cream every once in a while, it isn’t a great snack to eat often. Similar to popsicles, ice cream has lots of sugar which is never great for your teeth. Instead try a smoothie bowl which is basically a normal smoothie, only thicker, and you can add fruits, or nuts, etc. This is super tasty and much better for you in many ways!

Pop

Basically, every summer party ever is going to have many different types of pop! But we would encourage you to steer clear of the pop if at all possible. Pop is again super high in sugar and will coat your teeth. Instead, we would encourage you to drink water or some other drink that doesn’t have sugar in it. For example natural lemonade, or almost any other sugar-free drink. Not only can the sugar be harmful to your teeth, but also the dark coloring of many popular brands can stain your teeth.

These are three of the most popular types of summer foods that aren’t great for your teeth. One important thing to remember is that basically, any food that is done in moderation is going to be okay, just make sure to brush, and floss afterward. If you do this, then you should be good, just be careful. It is always a great idea to have a dental checkup at the end of the summer, and before school!