27May

Summer Treats Your Restorative Dentist Advises You to Avoid

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With the Las Vegas heat rising as summer approaches, it can be easy to grab for sweet treats that will (momentarily) quench your thirst or cool you down. But unless you’re brushing after every mouthful of ice cream, you could be doing great harm to your teeth. If you, like many other people, have noticed a decline in your oral health because of your sweet tooth, don’t fret. Dr. James White is a restorative dentist in Las Vegas who offers treatments to get anyone’s smile restored. Before you make an appointment with the Las Vegas cosmetic and restorative dentist, keep in mind the most harmful summer treats for your teeth.

Restorative Dentist in Las Vegas Treat Dos and Don’ts

Don’t: Popsicles and Shaved Ice

As you can guess, popsicles and shaved ice treats are merely made up of frozen water and sugar syrups. Not only are they made up of pure sugar and artificial colorings, but they also have no nutritional value either. The sugar bacteria eats away at tooth enamel and causes cavities. On top of that, biting into these frozen popsicles can result in chipped teeth, requiring restorative dental work to repair damaged teeth.

Do: Homemade Popsicles

Make your own popsicles using fruit and juices or coconut milk, putting them in a popsicle mold and freezing them overnight. There are a lot of great recipes on the internet.

Don’t: Ice Cream

Did you know the U.S. people already consume two to three times more sugar than the amount recommended by the American Heart Association? The guidelines state no more than about 10 teaspoons (tsp) of sugar a day, and yet kids consume 32 teaspoons a day, and adults take in 22 teaspoons a day. Keep this in mind when you crave a daily ice cream.

Do: Banana Ice Cream or Frozen Grapes

Instead, try freezing a few bananas and putting them in your blender or food processor with a touch of milk. Blend bananas until they’re a creamy consistency that matches ice cream for a delicious and satisfying treat. Get creative by adding in some frozen strawberries or a tablespoon of peanut butter, but skip the chocolate and caramel syrups.

Indulge in a cup of frozen grapes. Simply put grapes of any color in serving size baggies and put them in the freezer overnight. When you’re craving a sweet treat, enjoy the slow and savory experience of frozen grapes. Folks swear they taste like candy.

Don’t: Sodas and Sports Drinks

Sodas are loaded with sugar and no other nutritional value. Sports drinks do have electrolytes to rehydrate, but they’re also overloaded with unnecessary sugars that cancel out any hydration benefits. Drinking these choices from the bottle puts their sugar directly in contact with your teeth, allowing bacteria to attack the entire tip you sip on the beverage.

Do: Flavored Water

Instead, try iced and flavored water. Keep a water bottle handy that’s filled with ice and your favorite fruits for a flavorful and hydrating fix. We recommend lemons, limes, strawberries or even cucumbers for a fun flavor healthier for your teeth.

Want to read about more summer culprits that can affect oral health and require a restorative dentist in Las Vegas? Read about three things that you wouldn’t think ruin your teeth.

If you’ve had too many summer sweets in years past, see Dr. James White’s restorative dentist in Las Vegas. His skilled staff will create a customized treatment plan you can afford to get your smile back on track and ready to show off all summer long. Make an appointment for your smile.