Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC
(503) 673-9097

What Summer Heat Means for Your Teeth

Posted on 7/23/2017 by Kooning Family Dentistry
Blonde woman wearing a sun hat enjoys the summer weather.
For those who live in an area with four seasons, summer means that our habits change. We'll swap hot chocolate for milkshakes, hot tea for pop, and our snacks will move decidedly into the heat-relieving direction; ice pops, ice cream, and smoothies. All of these snacks and drinks help keep you cool, but they wreak havoc on your teeth. They are high in sugar, and some are high in acid content which eats away at your tooth enamel causing cavities to form. So, what can you do to beat the heat and still enjoy some summer fun snacks?

Hydration is the Key

The worst part of summer from an oral health standpoint is thirst. If you don't stay adequately hydrated, you will soon get a dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition caused by lack of saliva production. Saliva washes food particles from your mouth in between brushings. If these particles can stay in your mouth, they become food for cavity-causing bacteria. The trick is to keep hydrated with snacks and drinks that are fun, but aren’t so sugary that they cause their own problems.

When you are looking for something to drink, your first choice should always be water. It hydrates you and is sugar and acid-free. But it doesn’t taste like anything, is likely the complaint, you will get from your children. Well, no problem. You can put slices of fruit in the water to flavor it. Not only do you get the benefits of the vitamins in the fruit, but it is free of refined sugar, glucose, and fructose.

When you are looking for snacks before you turn to popsicles, why not make your own fruit pops. Get yourself some berries and mash them up in a blender. Get some concentrated lemon juice and water. Mix it all up, put it into molds and stick it in the freezer. You can add sugar if you feel like you must, but if the fruit is sweet, you shouldn’t have to add much if any. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 673-9097.
Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC
(503) 673-9097

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Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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