10 Healthy Summer Treats That Won’t Mess With Your Teeth
We all love a tasty summer treat.
And those summer treats can be as both delicious and still good for your oral health. You don’t have to compromise your oral health when you indulge in healthy summer treats. In fact, some foods are especially good for your teeth.
Nutrients that Build Strong Teeth
Foods that taste good and are loaded with nutrients are good for your teeth, too. For example, calcium and vitamin D work together to protect your teeth and bones. Vitamin C is also good for your teeth, as well as vital for gum health. Studies show that those who have gum disease benefit from vitamin C, because it helps keep the connective tissues in the gums strong and healthy.
Read below for a top ten list of sweet and savory foods that are perfect for summer, won’t chip your teeth, and won’t cause cavities.
Healthy Summer Treats: Sweet
Here’s a list of foods to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you wear dentures, all of the foods listed below are great options as they’re soft and won’t loosen your dentures.
1. Frozen Yogurt
Yogurt is practically a superfood for your teeth. It’s loaded with calcium, high in protein and naturally low in sugar. Frozen yogurt shops often contain a yogurt that’s close to ice cream in sugar content, but you can easily make your own at home that’s healthier and just as satisfying.
2. Banana Ice Cream
Another ice-cream alternative for the summer is banana ice cream. This ice cream recipe contains two ingredients and no added sugars. The ice cream has a soft, creamy texture that melts in your mouth and it’s good for you. Not only are almonds loaded with protein, but they’re also high in calcium. You’ll be sure to enjoy this ice cream and want to make it for your friends and family, too. But if you’re eating something cold and experience any tooth sensitivity, you should let your dentist know.
Smoothies are a great choice for the summer, because they’re refreshing and hydrating and can be loaded with superfoods. Some of the foods that are naturally delicious in smoothies include greek yogurt, antioxidant-loaded berries and fruits, and even raw greens like spinach and kale (one great way to get raw veggies in if you wear dentures!)
4. Fresh fruit
Healthy foods are colorful, vibrant, and have a variety of textures and flavors. Fresh fruit is amazing in these ways. Fruits are loaded with nutrients that support the health of your teeth and gums. By itself, fruit is a satisfying snack, but if you want to mix it up a little bit, try fruit kabobs or fruit salad.
For denture wearers, some great fruits include seedless grapes, pears, strawberries, mango, bananas, and kiwi. Did you know kiwi is loaded with calcium, and strawberries have a high amount of malic acid, which may help with teeth whitening?
Watermelon is a classic, cheerful summer food. But did you know that it’s also one of the best foods for your teeth? In addition to being loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, and copper, it’s also high in water content which helps stimulate saliva. This in turn helps rinse your mouth and protect it from bacteria. And a bonus? It has a fibrous texture which acts to scrub your teeth a bit as you eat it!
Healthy Summer Treats: Savory Snacks and Dips
If you’re looking for a tasty dip that’s good with raw veggies, try hummus. For denture wearers, opt for softer raw veggies like peppers or lightly steam (and cool) your veggies to make them easier to bite into.
Hummus is made with garbanzo beans and tahini, a sesame seed butter. Tahini is high in phosphorus which is an essential nutrient that supports the strength of your bones and teeth.
7. Tzatziki sauce
A traditional way to enjoy this Greek food is to dip pita bread into it. You can also dip other veggies into it. Tzatziki sauce is made from Greek yogurt, which is higher in protein than regular yogurt and is a good source of the vitamin B12. Since B12 deficiency is linked to tooth loss and periodontitis, Greek yogurt is good for your teeth.
Here we have another dip that is good for you and good for your teeth! Guacamole is delicious and you can use it like any other dip, or you can use it like a spread on sandwiches. The main ingredient in guacamole is avocado, and avocado is high in magnesium which is necessary for calcium absorption.
Cheese is a great simple snack, and can be paired with many other healthy treats (including fruit.) How is it good for your teeth? It’s loaded with calcium and also works to help balance the pH level in your mouth, preventing tooth decay.
10. Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
If you’re looking for something fun and savory to make, expand your culinary skills with these Hawaiian chicken kabobs. Chicken is good for your teeth as it’s loaded in phosphorus. Not only that, it’s softer than some of the other meats frequently used to make kabobs, so it will be easier to eat if you wear dentures.
Enjoy summer, and don’t skip your next dental appointment!
Despite how healthy your diet is, daily oral care and regular dental cleanings are always in order. If you need to book an appointment, click here. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Laurel Manor!