Some of the things you eat in the summer are terrible for teeth. Regular dental visits can keep your teeth healthy, but the food you eat matters a lot as well. Food has a huge impact on your overall mouth health.

So before you pack a picnic lunch or decide what to prepare for dinner tonight, make sure you aren’t eating foods that are bad for your teeth. James W. Mellert, your family dentist in Torrance, offers a list of the foods you should avoid this summer.

Soda and Other Sugary Drinks

When you drink something that is full of sugar, you are basically swishing sugar all over your teeth. Some of this sugar inevitably sticks to your teeth and will eventually cause tooth decay. Soda is also an acidic drink, which attacks your tooth enamel.

It’s summer and it’s hot outside, so a cold beverage is especially refreshing. But it is in your best interest to swap out soda for beverages that won’t rot your teeth, like iced tea without sugar or water. We have heard that water is quite the thirst quencher.

Dried Fruit

You might think that dried fruit is a healthy food choice, especially compared to candy. But dried fruit sticks to your teeth and the sugar can cause the same problems as soda. So, you might want to think twice before taking all of that dried fruit with you on your camping trip.

If you do eat dried fruit, we suggest you brush your teeth after to wash off as much sugar as possible.

Sticky Candy

Sticky candy like taffy, gummy bears and caramels stick to your teeth long after you are done eating them. The sugary residue sticks between your teeth and then turns into an acid that eats right through your tooth enamel. This leads to cavities and all of the pain that comes with them.

Citrus Fruits

Oranges, lemons and tangerines are all full of vitamin C, but they are also high in acidity. There was a study that soaked teeth in various fruit juices and it was discovered that lemon and grapefruit juice were the worst for your teeth.

Of course, there are several foods that you can eat this summer that are dental heroes.

Cheese

Don’t fret so much if you like to have a slice of cheese on your grilled burger. Cheese is rich in calcium and phosphorus, which just happens to strengthen tooth enamel. Just watch the crackers and cheese as starch spells trouble for your teeth.

Watermelon

As a fruit, watermelon is full of natural sugars, bit watermelon is mostly made of water, which is a benefit for your teeth. That water boosts your saliva and washes away all of the bad stuff stuck to your teeth.

Frozen Yogurt

Dairy is great for your teeth, but you should be opting for flavors that are low in sugar.

Celery

Celery is an oral-friendly food as the fibery strands naturally clean your teeth as you eat it.

If it is time for your check-up, give James W. Mellert a call.