When school is out for summer, you know what that means? Lots of fun in the sun, which is often followed by hungry kiddos, teens, and adults looking for a yummy snack! Here are a few of our favorite tooth-friendly summer snack options that your family is bound to love.
- Fresh Watermelon & Apples
- “Ants on a Log” (Celery, Raisins & Peanut Butter)
- Cheese & Meat
- Salads & Smoothies
Fruit is a great source of nutrition for your oral and overall health. Because these two fruits are high in water and fiber, they help stimulate bloodflow in the gums and rinse away bad bacteria from the teeth.
This tried-and-true summer snack is packed with tooth-friendly ingredients to keep anyone smiling all summer long. “Ants on a log” is a fun combo of celery with peanut butter spread over it and raisins resting on top. Celery is a fibrous vegetable that helps scrub off food particles and debris from teeth. It is also a great source of vitamins A and C. Raisins contain phytochemicals that help fight cavity-causing bacteria and gum disease. And the peanut butter’s taste and protein make this a yummy and filling snack.
We all love a cheese and meat platter, especially after a long day of playing! Cheese raises the pH levels in the mouth, which helps reduce the risk of tooth decay. It also contains calcium and protein, which are necessary for strong tooth enamel. Many meats contain B vitamins that help ward off mouth sores and inflammation. Additionally, meat is sugar-free, which means that it won’t feed your oral bacteria. When bacteria feed upon your dietary sugar, they produce enamel-destroying acids.
Salads are a wonderful source of nutrients (just go easy on the salad dressing) for your oral health and overall health. But if your family isn’t crazy about salads, try mixing in some fruit (like blueberries or sliced strawberries, orange, mango, kiwi, or pineapple) to make it more appealing. But if they still aren’t budging, throw some frozen spinach into a refreshing fruit smoothie or top their pizza with fresh leafy greens.
Yogurt contains calcium, phosphorus, and protein that strengthen teeth. Its probiotics also will foster good oral bacteria. For added nutrition and fun, make yogurt cups or parfaits with their favorite flavor of low-sugar yogurt and layers of fresh fruit. You can also add in some granola or chopped nuts for an extra crunch!
Schedule Your Family’s Next Dental Appointments!
In addition to eating a healthy and tooth-friendly diet, don’t forget to schedule six-month dental checkups and cleanings for each member of your family. We look forward to seeing you and your family this summer.Contact Us