How to Avoid the Summer Sweet Tooth

Summertime is the perfect time for BBQs and parties. Often that means the sugary sweet treats and drinks we love so much are also running rampant. Here’s how to still have a good time this summer while being mindful that too much sugar can wreak havoc on you and your family’s teeth.

It can be difficult to cut or eliminate sugar from your diet. Sugar is not only addictive it can be difficult to cut back on as well. The sugar from sodas, popsicles, desserts, and candy can sit on the teeth for quite a while. That’s why it is so important that if you’ve had these foods you brush your teeth afterward. Also, try limiting your sugar intake and look for healthier alternatives when possible.

Sugar in foods can sneak up on us so it is a good idea to look at food labels. As you know, sugar is in practically everything and you’ll discover this even more once you really start reading the labels. Look for items like added sweeteners, fruit concentrates, and high fructose corn syrup. Also, look at the amount of sugar per serving. You may be surprised what you learn by reading the labels and find that you’d like to start replacing some of your favorite sweets with alternatives with less sugar or additives to help protect not only your teeth but your overall health.

When looking for healthier alternatives you also want a bit of flavor too. Try adding some spices to your food like Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, and Ginger. Also try more natural sugars such as Stevia, Monk Fruit, or even applesauce and honey. These alternatives not only add flavor but sweetness to your desserts.

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We all love and crave cookies, soda, and candy and in moderation, these things are not bad. However, too much sugar in the diet can cause tooth decay and other dental issues.  This is why we recommend that you try and limit the sugar and try to maintain a balanced diet that includes protein vegetables, and fresh fruit. Instead of reaching for a soda try infused water using fresh fruit for flavor. Here are a few other tips healthy summer treats your family might enjoy. Foods without a lot of sugar and fat are better for your teeth — as well as your entire body. Try replacing sweets and other snacks with the following options:

  • Fresh fruit and raw vegetables

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Whole-grain crackers, cereals, and breads

  • Low-fat or nonfat yogurt, cheese, and milk

Here are some other ways you can reduce your risk of cavities:

  • Limit between-meal snacks and eat a variety of foods in a well-balanced diet.

  • Eat carbohydrates with other types of food. For example, eat your crackers with cheese.

  • Avoid foods that cling to your teeth, including soft, sweet, or sticky foods like cakes and candies, and beverages high in sugar.

  • Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist.

It’s always important to remember good dental hygiene and brush at least twice a day and floss your teeth every day. Summertime is always a good time for a dental cleaning so be sure to schedule yours today!