Summer’s here and the heat is rising. On these hot sultry days, ice cream and other ice-cold sugar-packed treats are hard to resist. Here are some tips on how to indulge, without putting your dental health at risk.
Ice cream is a good source of calcium, which keeps the teeth healthy. But unfortunately it’s packed with sugar and consuming too much can lead to decay, cavities and gum disease.
Moderation is the key to maintaining your pearly whites. Consider ordering a scoop of sugar free or low sugar ice cream, in your favorite flavor. You should also avoid the extra sugary toppings offered at your local ice cream parlor. Sidestep the gummy bears and crushed cookies and substitute with delicious chopped fruit. Your teeth will thank you!
After consuming your frozen treat, brush your teeth whenever possible. If you can’t brush, rinse with mouthwash or simply drink water to help wash away the sugar from the surface of your teeth or gums.
Citrus frozen treats The rules for frozen treats containing citrus acid, like lemon, orange or grapefruit sorbet, are different than ice cream. If you’ve consumed anything acidic, you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes. Brushing too soon afterwards can damage enamel in its weakened state.
Ice Many of us get into the habit of crunching on ice cubes, especially when the weather is hot. Resist the urge, or you could break a your tooth or injure your gums.
Nothing wrong with enjoying a scoop of your favorite flavor during these lazy hazy days ahead, as long as your remember to brush and floss. Have a fun and healthy summer!