Who doesn’t love a delicious summer BBQ? It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of the season but neglecting the fact that your teeth are affected by the food you eat can land you in the dentist’s office for a not-so-fun visit. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of some of the best snacks to munch on this summer, so that your teeth don’t pay the price
- Dairy: The two things that all dentists can agree on are that sugar is bad for your teeth, and almost everyone eats too much sugar. Dairy is notoriously low in sugar, so mixing it into your snack routine is always a smart idea. Whether it’s yogurt or a nice cheese plate at a picnic, dairy is a great addition to your summer diet.
- Fresh Fruit: One of the best parts of summer in Washington is the bounty of fresh and delicious fruit. There’s no excuse for picking a bag of candy or box of donuts over fresh blueberries, or a bag of sweet cherries! Remember to look for organic produce, and to wash your fruit well before snacking on it.
- Raw Veggies: The unsung heroes of any good snack plan, raw veggies are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and the great feeling that comes from making a healthy eating choice. While dips and dressings often accompany a veggie tray, try to keep them as low fat as possible; as a bad dip or dressing can offset the good work you’re doing eating your vegetables.
- Nuts and Seeds: Whether you’re hitting the beach or hiking trails this summer, nothing satisfies and keeps your energy levels high like nuts and seeds. Peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pick your poison. One thing to keep in mind is that, if you’re getting your nuts and seeds from trail mix, ensure that sweets like candy and dried fruit are kept to a minimum because these sticky foods can wreak havoc on your teeth.