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Keep Your Smile Healthy By Avoiding These Treats During Your Next Summer Cookout

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If you expect to find yourself at a backyard cookout this summer, it's just as important to think about the foods and drinks you plan to eat as it is to focus on having a good time. Frequently consuming the wrong diet increases your risk of your dentist discovering cavities and other dental issues during your next checkup. While you likely already know that too many soft drinks and desserts can lead to cavities, there are a number of other foods that might seen innocuous but can still have a negative effect on your overall dental health. Before you kick back in the sun at your next event, make a pledge to avoid these foods as much as possible.

Lemons And Grapefruit

Lemon and grapefruit products commonly make an appearance at summer get-togethers, whether in the form of lemonade, sliced lemon for your glass of water, or mixed alcoholic drinks that contain either fruit. While these fruits might taste refreshing, they're also highly acidic. The high acid level can eat away at your tooth enamel and increase your risk of cavities. A 2008 study at the Temple University School of Dentistry found that lemon juice and grapefruit juice are more acidic to your teeth than orange juice. If you're craving the fresh taste of a citrus drink, it's better to open for a glass of orange juice -- but try to brush your teeth after drinking the juice.

Low-Nutrition Foods

It's common for foods with little to no nutritional value to find their way onto the menu at a summer cookout. And, while hot dogs, chips and sweets might be enticing, they're also detrimental to your health in a way that you might not have considered. Because they don't provide nutritional value, these foods can contribute to your immune system being taxed, especially if they consistently make up a significant part of your diet. When your immune system is weaker than it should be, your body won't have the strength needed to fight dental infections such as gum disease.

Sports Drinks

Even if you know to skip the bottle of soda, it can be tempting to reach for a sports drink as a means to stay hydrated when you're hot. Many of these beverages, however, are acidic and can damage your teeth. A 2008 at the University of Iowa School of Dentistry found that sports drinks caused more enamel wear than some popular soft drinks.

For more information about taking care of your teeth, contact Impression Dental or a similar location.