What you eat affects your oral health and energy levels. Include these teeth-friendly snacks on your summer grocery list:
Carrots are packed with vitamin A, which is good for cell growth, immune function, the health of your skin and eyes, and the production of saliva. Saliva is critical for washing away bacteria and food particles, remineralizing your teeth, and keeping your gums moist and healthy. While raw carrots have a satisfying crunch and help scrape away plaque, cooking your carrots can unlock more of the nutrients inside.
Watermelon is a perfect summer treat, especially on really hot days. It’s 90% water, so it’s a hydrating fruit that helps neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay. It also contains lycopene, which is good for your heart health. Watermelon can be eaten on its own, blended into smoothies, added to salads, and cut into fun shapes. Interested in trying something unique? Try grilled watermelon, watermelon and avocado bruschetta, or watermelon mango pico de gallo.
Cucumbers, which are technically a fruit, have a high water and fiber content. They help neutralize acids in your mouth. Their crunchiness also helps scrub away plaque and food particles from your teeth. Cucumbers can be added to salads and wraps, eaten on their own with hummus, or put in water.
Frozen Yogurt Bites
Want an alternative to ice cream? Frozen yogurt bites are easy to make. Pour your favorite flavor of yogurt into a plastic bag and cut off a corner. Squeeze out bite-sized dots of yogurt onto a baking sheet and freeze for 30-40 minutes until solid. Yogurt contains calcium, which is an essential mineral for strong, healthy teeth. For the healthiest option, choose a yogurt that’s low in sugar.
Summer can be a busy time with traveling, camps, late night movies, camping, and gatherings with friends and family. But don’t forget about your routine dental care! Dr. Modi and our team can help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile this summer with our comprehensive dental services. We offer professional cleanings, exams, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more. If you have any questions about our services or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!