Summer Picnics: What to watch out for

What you eat matters to your dental and mouth health. So before you go to pile up your plate during that summer picnic, think twice about what is best for your teeth! While some foods and drinks can be harmless to your dental health, others can damage your teeth and mouth overtime.

Sugar
Exposure to sugary foods or sugary drinks over long periods of time can increase plaque bacteria in the mouth. Plaque build up attacks your enamel, breaking down the hard surface on your tooth and increases the chance of cavities.
Foods & Drinks to watch: Caffeinated beverages, sports drinks, candies, alcohol, coffee (with sugar).  

Acids
Frequent exposure to acidic foods can break down tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay. Citric fruits and juices can irritate the mouth lining, leading to sores. When intaking foods or drinks with acid be sure to drink plenty of water.
Foods & Drinks to watch: Citric fruits and juices, etc.

Sticky
When choosing healthy snacks this summer remember what is best for your mouth health–foods that stick to teeth can cause damage overtime. When you find yourself eating sticky foods this summer, make sure to rinse with water after and pay close attention to brushing and flossing. Sticky foods can linger on and between teeth and lead to mouth irritation and tooth decay.
Foods & Drinks to watch: dried fruit, gum, candies, chips, starches etc.

Crunchy
When piling up your plate with food make sure that you’re choosing foods that are not too tough on your teeth. Hard candies, ice, and other crunchy foods can cause tooth chips and aches. Chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel.
Foods to watch: hard candies, ice, nuts, etc.

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