Need some ideas for end of summer treats that aren’t tough on teeth? Instead of keeping cool with ice cream and popsicles – which can leave teeth vulnerable to sugar attacks that increase the risk of tooth decay – consider satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit!
Give these fruits a try this summer:
• Strawberries are full of vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen, a protein that maintains gums strength and integrity. Vitamin C also helps reduce plaque and remove surface stains on teeth.
• Apples are a low-acid and fibrous fruit. This high-fiber fruit has a scrubbing effect, literally cleansing the surface of your teeth as you eat, working to brush the bacteria away. Apples are also a water-rich fruit that stimulate saliva production, which keeps oral bacteria in check.
• Watermelons have high water content and are packed with vitamin C. The water helps remove excess food particles stuck in and around your teeth. And it will keep you hydrated during the hot summer months! Vitamin C helps kill bacteria in the mouth and strengthen gum tissues, which may help prevent gum disease.
Stock your fridge with smile-friendly fruits. And try to consume fresh fruit instead of fruit juices. Whole fruit has less sugar and more fiber and nutrients than fruit juices.
Don’t forget to keep up your good oral health routine this summer and we recommend drinking a glass of water after meals and snacks to help wash away foods and drinks with sugar!