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Summer Sweets That Make A Big Impact On Oral Health

June 04, 2023
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Summer is the season of sweet treats and indulgences, but it’s important to remember that not all treats are created equal. Especially when it comes to oral health, some summer treats can impact your teeth and gums, leading to problems like discolouration, tooth sensitivity, and cavities. In this article, we’ll explore the top 5 summer sweets that can impact oral health and discuss what you can do to maintain good oral hygiene during the summer months.


Ice Cream

Ice cream is a classic summer treat that’s loved by people of all ages. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the worst offenders when it comes to oral health. It’s well-recognized that ice cream typically contains a large amount of sugar. Overindulgence can lead to cavities and tooth decay if not properly cared for. In addition, the cold temperature can cause tooth sensitivity and discomfort in some people.


To ensure your oral health remains optimal while still enjoying ice cream, brushing your teeth a few minutes after eating it is essential. If you have sensitive teeth, try eating your ice cream with a spoon instead of biting into it. And, of course, moderation is key. Don’t eat ice cream every day. Ensure optimal oral health is maintained by regularly arranging dental appointments for cleanings and fillings.


Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are refreshing summer snacks, but they can also be harmful to your teeth. The acid in these fruits can wear down the enamel on your teeth, leading to discolouration and increased sensitivity.

To minimize the impact of citrus fruits on your oral health, try eating them with a meal instead of as a standalone snack. Doing so will counteract the acidity and safeguard your dental health.



Popsicles offer a delightful and cooling snack during the summer. Yet, they contain a high sugar content which can lead to dental decay if oral hygiene is not maintained correctly. The cold temperature can also cause tooth sensitivity and discomfort.

To maintain good oral health while enjoying popsicles, make your own at home with natural sweeteners like fruit juice or honey. This will make them a healthier option for your teeth. And, as always, be sure to rinse and clean your teeth a short while after consuming food to remove any remaining sugar.



S’mores are a classic summer treat that’s loved by many. The sticky marshmallow can get stuck in your teeth, making it difficult to remove and increasing the risk of cavities.

To minimize the impact of s’mores on your oral health, try using sugar-free marshmallows and dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Doing so will aid in reducing the quantity of sugar in your s’mores and make them a healthier option for your teeth. Be sure to maintain oral hygiene a few minutes after eating to remove any remaining marshmallow debris.


Carbonated Beverages

Carbonated beverages like soda and sparkling water are popular summer drinks. Still, they are also high in sugar and can cause tooth decay if not properly cared for. The carbonation can also erode the enamel on your teeth, leading to discolouration and increased sensitivity.

To maintain good oral health while enjoying carbonated beverages, try drinking them with a straw to minimize contact with your teeth. 



Suppose you’re experiencing teeth discolouration, tooth sensitivity, or cavities. In that case, scheduling an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible is essential. They can recommend dental treatments like teeth whitening, cleanings, and fillings to address any concerns. 

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