When the sun starts to shine and there’s warmth in the air, people tend to switch their eating habits and many of us adopt what we think is a healthier diet. However, many of the foods we eat in the summer months that are perceived as healthy are actually harmful for the teeth. Here are some tips for a healthy summer diet:
Drinks that are synonymous with chilled out evenings in the beer garden, romantic summer picnics or afternoon barbecues are usually bad news for the teeth. Wine, Champagne, cocktails, Pimm’s and lemonade are all delicious, especially when the sun is shining but they also have something else in common: they are bad news for your teeth. Pimm’s, fruit liqueurs, lager, fruit cider and mixers all contain sugar and wine and Champagne are acidic, which is damaging for the protective tooth enamel.
If you are planning to indulge in some bubbly or sip on a cool cocktail this summer, try to stick to mealtimes, dilute fruit juices and choose sugar-free mixers.
Dress your salad wisely
Salads are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, especially if you add raw vegetables, different types of leaves, tomatoes, coloured peppers, lean meats and fish, but salad dressing is not good for the teeth. Dressing, such as vinaigrette, is usually acidic, which can cause the enamel to become worn as a result of acid erosion. Healthier options for salad dressing include extra virgin olive oil, which is also rich in essential fatty acids.
When you think of summer you imagine 99 ice cream cones with a flake, Eton Mess, summer pudding and tropical fruit salads and while some puddings are bad for your teeth, as well as your waist line, there are some healthier options. Natural yoghurt, sometimes known as Greek yoghurt, is rich in calcium and if you mix it with berries, bananas or tropical fruits, you will also get some of your recommended 5 a day. Fruit is very healthy and it contains a lot of important vitamins and minerals, but it does contain sugar and should really therefore be restricted to meal times. Avoid the temptation of adding sugar to fruit, even though strawberries with sugar and cream is irresistible, as sugary foods play havoc with the tooth enamel and will leave you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you just can’t help yourself when it comes to desserts, then you may want to visit the website of this cosmetic dentist in Bolton to see what can be done for your inevitably impacted teeth!
Fire up the BBQ
Barbecues are a summer staple and although many of us tend to go a bit crazy and fill our plates with burgers, buns, bangers and garlic bread, there are some really healthy barbecue options around. Grilled salmon, white fish fillets and giant prawns are low in fat and sugar and they taste great and barbecued bananas are a tooth-friendly alternative to ice cream sundaes and meringue. Avoid sticky glazes and marinades and bring out the flavour of the meat or fish with herbs and simple dressing.