Temperatures that are creeping into the 80s and even 90s make it tempting to reach for the nearest ice cream cone. While indulging in a sweet treat like ice cream is okay once in a while, it shouldn’t be your go-to snack of choice. The excess sugar can build up on your teeth and cause plaque and tartar to accumulate, ultimately resulting in a more serious issue. Our cosmetic dentist serving Northbrook and surrounding areas recommend the following snacks that won’t only taste good, but they are good for your teeth, too!
Satisfy your sweet tooth by making your own fruit kabobs. The best part of this snack? You can customize it to include your favorite fruits, and it’s an easy way to ensure that kids are getting their daily dose of fruit. Bananas, cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi and watermelon are some of our favorite options, but the opportunities for creativity are endless. This is even a great dessert alternative for adults, too!
Frozen Yogurt Bites
Skip the local frozen yogurt store and opt for a homemade version instead. Not only will it be cheaper, but it will be healthier for your smile, too! The calcium in yogurt is a great way to incorporate extra calcium into your diet. Begin by taking a container of your favorite yogurt and pouring it into a plastic sandwich bag. Cut off one of the corners and you’ll be able to squeeze small dots onto a sheet pan. Let them freeze for at least 45 minutes, then enjoy!
Watermelon is a summer staple year after year, but did you know that it can also help with saliva production and aid in rinsing bacteria from your mouth. If you want a different spin on traditional watermelon, simply cut large pieces and put them in the freezer. After about an hour, you’ll be able to enjoy it as a refreshing popsicle.
If you are looking for more ways to improve your smile, our team at Chicago Beautiful Smiles is here to help! Don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help.