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‘Eat these summer treats for dental health,’ says the Paso Robles dentist

-We are all more active in the warm summer weather, and being extra-active in warm weather makes us want to cool off with crisp cooling treats. “But,” before turning to bubbly sodas, ice cream, or other sweets for an energy boost,’ says the Paso Robles dentist, Lisa Lu Davis, DMD, “add these following foods to your list.”

The goal is to consume refreshing food that adds energy without extra sugar.

  • Fresh fruits like apples, berries, and watermelon—Fresh fruits are high in water content, which helps stimulate saliva production, a natural defense against tooth decay. They also contain fiber that can help clean teeth and gums. Apples, for example, act as natural toothbrushes, while berries are packed with antioxidants that support gum health.
  • Vegetable sticks—cut up crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery, and cucumbers and keep them handy for quick snacks. Crunchy vegetables can help scrub away plaque from teeth. They are also high in fiber and water, promoting saliva production. The high-water content in carrots and celery, in particular, dilutes sugars and acids in the mouth.
  • Yogurt—Yogurt is rich in calcium and protein, which are essential for strong teeth and bones. It also contains probiotics that can benefit your gums by fighting off harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • Cheese—Cheese can increase the pH level in the mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay. It is also high in calcium and protein, which strengthen tooth enamel. “Keep in mind,” says the Paso Robles dentist, “that cheese can also cling to your teeth, so brushing or rinsing your mouth as soon as possible is advisable.”
  • Nuts and seeds—Nuts and seeds are low in sugar and provide essential nutrients like calcium and phosphorus, which help strengthen teeth. Chewing nuts stimulate saliva production, which naturally cleanses the mouth.
  • Leafy greens—Leafy greens are high in calcium, folic acid, and vitamins, which are beneficial for oral health. They also require a lot of chewing, which promotes saliva production.
  • Sugar-free popsicles—Made with real fruit juice or pureed fruits, sugar-free popsicles can provide the refreshing taste of a sweet treat without the harmful effects of sugar. They can be hydrating and nutritious, depending on the ingredients used.
  • Green tea—Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins that help reduce inflammation and control bacterial growth in the mouth. It can also help in reducing the risk of gum disease and cavities.
  • Water with lemon or mint—Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining good saliva production. Adding lemon or mint can make water more refreshing without the addition of sugar. Mint can also provide a fresh breath boost.
  • Dark chocolate (in moderation)— Dark chocolate contains less sugar than milk chocolate and has compounds that can harden tooth enamel and reduce plaque. It also contains antioxidants that are beneficial for overall health.

These treats not only satisfy summer cravings but also contribute to a healthy mouth by promoting saliva production, providing essential nutrients, and reducing harmful bacteria. Helping patients avoid dental problems is of primary importance to the Paso Robles dentist. Building partnerships with every patient to create ideal dental health through preventive care and patient education are foundations of Dr. Davis’s conscientious oral care practices.

Since earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Temple University in Pennsylvania in 1999, Dr. Davis has been dedicated to continually expanding her expertise in the latest and most effective dental procedures and technologies.

Dr. Davis is the trusted dentist for patients in Paso Robles and the Central Coast, offering a comprehensive range of services. From general dentistry needs such as cleanings, fillings, and teeth whitening to advanced procedures including implant restorations, dental veneers, Six Month Smiles, dentures, crowns and bridges, root canals, and creating healthy smiles, Dr. Davis is committed to providing exceptional dental care.

Lisa Lu Davis, DMD, Inc.
2120 Golden Hill Road Suite 103
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-6777