Summer Treats That Are Bad for Your Teeth

Summer Treats That Are Bad for Your Teeth

Now that hot weather is here, the time is right for barbecues, swimming, and cooling off with some warm weather treats. Popsicles, smoothies, and other sugary confections are fun parts of long summer days. Unfortunately, these treats can quickly do the teeth more harm than good, especially if you aren’t being careful about keeping up with proper oral care. Here are a few summer treats to skip, and some better options to consider.

Popsicles and Shaved Ice

Before you grab that flavored popsicle or head to the local shaved ice shack, it’s important to understand how these chilly snacks could be harmful to the teeth. Both are often loaded with sugars, whether through-and-through or covered in sugary syrup. This sugar eats away at the outer layer of tooth enamel, encourages bacteria growth, and can easily lead to cavities. In addition, biting or chewing on icy things could lead to chipped teeth to severe pain from cold sensitivity.

There are plenty of cold sweet treats that wreak less havoc on the teeth. Reach for a bowl of fresh fruit straight out of the refrigerator, which can help satisfy your craving for something sweet with a little natural sugar, and the cold will help satisfy your craving for something cool on a hot summer day.

Ice Cream

What’s more fun than going to the ice cream shop on a warm summer day? Like popsicles and shaved ice, ice cream is also loaded with sugar and can cause sensitivity and pain from both the sugar and cold temperatures. People in the U.S. already consume two to three times the amount of sugar recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA)—kids consume on average 32 teaspoons (tsp) per day, adults consume 22 tsp, and the AHA recommends no more than 9.5 tsp, so adding a daily ice cream treat might be increasing sugar intake to potentially harmful levels.

Instead, try buying sugar-free or low-sugar ice cream, and skip the toppings like caramel or syrup. If you do indulge a little in ice cream, try to eat it immediately following a regular meal, since the extra saliva in your mouth can help rinse the sugar from your teeth. Another smart choice is to brush your teeth within about 10 minutes to remove any lingering sugar.

Sodas and Sports Drinks

In the warm weather months, many kids and adults participate in sports teams and outdoor activities. Sports drinks can seem like the obvious choice after a long workout or intense game to help rehydrate, but keep in mind that these drinks can be full of sugar. They’re especially rough on the teeth straight from the bottle because the liquid comes in direct contact with the teeth. Many sodas also have the added problem of high acid levels that eat away at tooth enamel.

Instead of sugary sports drinks and sodas, reach for water to quench that thirst. If you do decide to drink a soda or a sports drink, drink through a straw to limit tooth exposure as much as possible. Also try to drink soda only during meal times, rather than sipping on it throughout the day and extending the time your teeth are exposed.

What to Feed Kids

Without the structure of a school day, kids might be spending a lot more time snacking throughout the day. To keep the sugar intake at a minimum, have some healthy snacks ready:

  • Protein-filled snacks like nuts, cheese, and turkey
  • Vegetables like celery and carrot sticks
  • Fruits like apple or orange slices, bananas, berries, and grapes
  • Plenty of cold water—add some fresh lemons, limes, mint, or cucumbers to the water to enhance the flavor

For more tips about teeth-friendly snacking, talk to a dentist today. If you don’t have a dentist, make an appointment with Roseman Dental for affordable and patient-centered dental care.

Revolutionizing Orthodontics Through Lingual Braces – Brius

Revolutionizing Orthodontics Through Lingual Braces – Brius

By Brian Decker, DMD and Deshek Patel, DMD

Roseman Dental & Orthodontics is proud to offer Brius – a type of lingual bracket system, or tongue side braces, as a revolutionary method that moves teeth independently and simultaneously. This system provides the control and clinical excellence orthodontists expect, as well as the aesthetic and efficient treatment that patients desire. This is the future of orthodontics!

  • The height of custom care
    • Every patient gets a unique treatment plan that considers individual root morphology from a 3D CT scan to calculate precise force and moment for each tooth.
  • Building for the future
    • Brius technology uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to customize each force and movement for future patients.
  • Less treatment time than traditional braces or aligners
    • Patients with Brius can spend up to 50% less time in treatment.
  • NO wire adjustments
    • One engagement is all that is needed to complete the case for many patients.
    • After the initial placement, check-up appointments are very fast.
  • Efficient tooth movement
    • Each tooth’s precise movement and force can be pre-programmed.
  • Precision control
    • Brius technology moves teeth on a direct path to their pre-planned position.
    • The teeth are not connected by a wire, so the movement of one tooth does not influence another tooth.
  • Compliance confidence
    • The fixed appliance removes the hefty responsibility that’s been traditionally placed on the patient. With Brius, there’s no need to remember to put aligner trays in and out!
  • Maximum aesthetics
    • The Brius brackets are completely hidden from view. No one can see you have braces or aligners!
    • Unlike regular braces, patients can floss normally and clean the front of your teeth easily. No more food stuck in your front teeth due to braces!
  • Treats all case types
    • From mild to complex, there’s no limitation to what can be done with Brius!

Make an appointment with Roseman Dental & Orthodontics to find out how Brius may be the right choice for your orthodontic needs.