As the summer unfolds, your family will surely encounter long and hot days that seem to last forever. One way to fight the heat, and refresh your family is with some cold summer treats. Below are some of our favorite summer treats that will help cool you down and improve your oral health.
Yogurt and Fruit Popsicles
Yogurt is high in calcium and casein, but it also contains a high amount of healthy bacteria. Healthy bacteria in yogurt helps fight the bad bacteria that can stick to your teeth, and lead to cavities. The best news is that yogurt and fruit popsicles are a fun way to get a healthy serving of calcium and super easy to make. We suggest choosing a fruit that is high in vitamin C, which helps boost gum health. You can use strawberries, blueberries, papayas, currants or kiwis.
1 cup frozen fruit
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
3 tablespoon honey
1 – In a blender, combine frozen fruit and 2 tablespoons of honey and purée.
2 – In a separate bowl, combine yogurt with one tablespoon honey and mix.
3 – Place alternate layers of yogurt and fruit puree in small paper cups, or ice cube tray. Place a popsicle stick in the center of the cup, and put them in the freezer until they are solid.
Frozen Blueberry and Yogurt Smoothies
This recipe is similar to the above, but is blended into a smoothie and perfect for cooling down this summer. These blueberry smoothies are packed with protein and calcium, and are fantastic for teeth. Additionally, blueberries are a great source of manganese, which plays a very important role in the growth and strength of bones and teeth.
1 ripe banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 – In a blender, combine banana, blueberries, and yogurt.
2 – Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
As carrots are eaten, they stimulate saliva production that helps prevent the buildup of bad bacteria that can lead to cavities. Carrots are a great handheld snack that can be taken anywhere. Plus, we think that carrots are best when eaten cold! We suggest packing a small baggie of baby carrots in the refrigerator and serving it to your child as a quick bite to cool them down. You can make this snack even tastier (and more kid-friendly) by packing it with a bit of yogurt-based dip!
Water – especially water with fluoride – helps strengthen and clean teeth. With every sip, water cleans teeth by ridding them of any leftover foods or acids. It also washes away bacteria and sugars that can eventually lead to cavities. Water has zero calories, and helps restore the pH balance in your mouth to fight unhealthy levels of acid. When your child is playing outside, or participating in team sports, water is the perfect mouth-healthy refresher.
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A proper diet is key for a healthy mouth, so it’s important that you pay attention to your child’s nutrition. To help fight cavities, limit the amount of sugar they consume, and feed them more mouth-friendly options. Also, be sure that they brush their teeth twice per day and floss once per day, to remove any food debris that can cause tooth decay.
Schedule an appointment with our office if you would like to know more about a mouth-healthy diet, and other ways that you can help fight cavities this summer.