Arizona has been experiencing record-breaking heat, no small feat for what is one of the nation’s hottest states to begin with. So what better time than now to celebrate National Ice Cream Month?

This yearly observation takes place every July, encouraging people to get out and enjoy a cold treat during one of the summer’s most unforgiving months. But can you enjoy ice cream while maintaining peak oral health? Sure, with a little bit of effort.

Is Ice Cream Bad for Teeth?

Outside of being a cold and delicious treat, ice cream has three nutrients that are essential for healthy teeth: calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Each of these plays a role in strong and healthy enamel, which helps to prevent cavities and tooth sensitivity. Of course, ice cream has a heaping dose of sugar as well, which can serve to do the exact opposite.

Do these things factor each other out? Not exactly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy both ice cream and a healthy smile.

It’s All About Oral Care

Here are some tips to help keep your teeth healthy during National Ice Cream Month and beyond:

  • Choose flavors that don’t contain sticky or chewy extras like caramel
  • Try to avoid sticky toppings such as gummies
  • Brush and floss after eating
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day

Some flavors, such as strawberry, can soften the enamel of teeth. For this reason, it is often best to wait for 30-minutes after eating ice cream to brush and floss. During this time, drink water to help remove food particles and residue. This will help prevent the formation of acids that can break down tooth enamel.

Brushing and flossing is a good idea after every snack, especially those that contain sugar and/or starch. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to help avoid damaging your enamel. If you need suggestions, we would be happy to discuss the type of toothbrush and toothpaste that will best meet your needs during your next routine visit.

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If it has been longer than six months since your last visit, give us a call at 602-978-1790 to schedule your next appointment today. We serve the communities of Glendale, Mesa, Chandler, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.

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