July is National Ice Cream Month

Dental Health

Let’s Celebrate with Healthy Teeth and Gums

July is National Ice Cream Month, a time to indulge in your favorite frozen treat. But as we celebrate this sweet occasion, it’s also important to think about the health of our teeth and gums. Enjoy your ice cream during this hot summer month – but don’t forget about your oral health! Here are some tips for healthy teeth from San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

Moderation is Key

Remember, moderation is key when enjoying sugary desserts like ice cream. Consuming too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, as the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and produce acids that can erode tooth enamel. Try to
limit your consumption and don’t forget to brush your teeth (or at least rinse) afterward to remove any residual sugar.

Choose Tooth-Friendly Toppings

While it may be tempting to pile on the candy and caramel sauce, these sticky and sugary toppings can cling to your teeth and increase the risk of cavities. Opt for healthier toppings like fresh fruits or nuts, which can add a crunch to your ice cream without harming your teeth.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water throughout the day helps wash away food particles and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Plus, staying hydrated can help combat dry mouth, a condition that can increase the risk of tooth decay.

Don’t Forget Dental Hygiene

No matter what you’re eating, regular brushing and flossing is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Brush at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles that can lead to cavities.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Finally, getting your teeth cleaned regularly is crucial for detecting any potential issues and keeping your oral health in check.

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month doesn’t have to mean compromising the health of your teeth and gums! With these tips, you can enjoy your favorite frozen treat in style and maintain a vibrant and healthy smile.


This blog provides general information about oral health, and the content is not intended as a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a dental care professional.