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Healthy Summer Food Choices

Summer is here and it’s time to indulge in your favorite hot weather treats. What could be better than a backyard barbecue, a trip to Lake Lavon, or a refreshing poolside snack? Some summer treats can benefit your oral and dental health, but others can do more harm than good. At Maxwell Creek Family Dentistry, we are here to helping patients enjoy delicious foods while maintaining a healthy smile.

Healthy Summer Food Choices

§  Veggies - Crisp and refreshing, a salad is just with the doctor ordered. Trade the starchy sides for a salad instead. In addition to providing important nutrients and fiber, raw vegetables can naturally remove leftover food and bacteria from your teeth. Kids won’t eat a salad? Try carrot sticks with ranch dressing instead!

§  Fish - Many people enjoy lighter protein choice during the summer, and fish is an excellent for this purpose. Grilled, broiled or baked, the Omega 3 Fatty Acids aid in preventing gum disease and benefit your general health.

§  Berries - There’s nothing sweeter that a fresh, juicy, berry! You can even puree and freeze them for an alternative to popsicles and ice cream. Berries contain folate, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants.

§  Cold Pressed Juices – Combine the benefits of fruit and veggies in a refreshing cold-pressed juice. Be sure to drink your juice in one sitting vs. sipping throughout the day. This will help protect your teeth from acid wear and cavities.

 

By taking advantage of healthy summer food choices, you can reap the benefits of summer while maintaining a healthy smile. Contact our Wylie, TX office to learn more dental health tips or to schedule your dental cleaning and checkup.

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