It’s summertime which means warm weather, BBQ’s, camping trips, outdoor cookouts and lots of fun food and drinks. Did you know that many summer drinks and food can cause problems with your teeth and gums? Some of these you may have heard about and others maybe not yet.
So what are these Summer Drinks and Food that cause harm?
Let us share with you some of the more common ones.
Who doesn’t love a big tall glass of lemonade or limeade on a hot summer day? What about all these fruit-infused waters and kombucha’s you can make for yourself at home or buy in stores? Or the whole health movement where you drink a glass of water with lemon juice first thing in the morning? Delicious and good for you, since they are full of vitamin C and help your body in other ways as well. But the citric acid in many fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges can cause gum and tooth sensitivity over time. And many of these drinks like lemonade, have lots of sugar in them, which causes cavities, weight gain and can lead to Diabetes.
Vinegar and Pickles
Many people love pickles on their food (think hamburgers) and many other vinegar infused types of foods such as Sauerkraut. Even your ketchup, mustard, and mayo have vinegar in them and many have sugar too. Vinegar is acidic and can be rough on your tooth enamel.
Regular and Diet Soda
Unless you’ve been living far from civilization for decades, you should know by now that soda is full of everything that is bad for your teeth and overall health. It contains high levels of sugar, carbonation, caffeine, preservatives and other chemicals. Even the sugar-free diet sodas are just as bad for you, if not worse, with artificial sweeteners that can cause cancer and more.
But what if you want to drink that Lemonade or have pickles on your burger?
Make sure to at least rinse your mouth out with water after eating or drinking any vinegar or acidic type foods and drinks. Of course, brushing and flossing after eating anything is the best course of action. All things in moderation too.
These are just a few suggestions to consider so you, your friends, and family can make better food choices and help everyone preserve their oral health while enjoying their summer to the fullest.