Enjoying a summer picnic is still possible, even if you are an Invisalign wearer. Orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying food in this warm weather!
When packing for your picnic, here are a couple of guidelines you can follow:
- Aim for foods that won’t stain your teeth too much if you can’t get to a toothbrush.
- Opt for bite-sized foods or foods that can be ripped into bite size pieces.
From there, you just need to pack your basket and head out! Next time you’re planning a picnic, try adding these mouth-healthy foods.
Things to Clean Your Teeth
One of the top priorities when you use Invisalign is keeping your teeth as clean as possible. Not only will it prevent any accidental staining, it will help prevent cavities and maintain your oral health. Be sure to throw a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your basket. If you are especially dedicated to your oral health, add a pack of floss, too. And don’t forget a bottle of water to help when you brush.
Packing dairy products in your picnic basket can be a great way to maintain your teeth while still enjoying a tasty treat. Things like cheese and yogurt are highly portable and great for your mouth. They are high in calcium and protein, while also raising your mouth’s pH balance. A low mouth pH can lead to cavities. If you do choose a yogurt option for your picnic, consider one lower in sugar to further protect yourself against cavities.
Many fruits make an easy-to-grab snack for a pick. And sure, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it will also make your dentist love you. They are packed with water and fiber – great for your overall health – but they can also cause you to produce more saliva. This will help to wash away leftover food bits. On top of that, the texture of a crisp apple can improve your gum health.
Another yummy fruit option is any one of the many varieties of berries. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants that can improve the health of your entire mouth, not to mention your body. On top of that, many berries have a compound that can reduce the plaque build up on your teeth.
One way to add protein and calcium to your diet without reaching for a dairy-based option is to grab the almonds instead. Just like dairy, they have the calcium and protein your teeth want, but without the lactose that can cause distress, nor the fat, for those watching their figure. Plus the crunchiness of a handful of almonds can offer some protection from plaque.
There’s a reason so many doctors want us to eat veggies: they work! Take carrots, for instance. The crunchy texture can clear away food debris in your teeth, as well as plaque. It will also encourage your saliva production while providing a good source of fiber and vitamin A.
Leafy greens, particularly the dark ones like spinach and kale, are something else you should pack for your picnic. Full of vitamins and minerals, these emerald greens will work to keep your bones healthy – and teeth are just outside bones!
While celery may not be the most exciting kid at the party, it plays an important role in your oral health. The fibrous texture and water content are perfect for washing away food stuff and scraping off plaque. They also have tons of vitamins A and C, which your gums will love.
Finally, top off your picnic with a handful of cucumbers. The high water content can help you wash out your mouth and keep it hydrated, while still providing you with healthy fiber and nutrients.
If you’re looking for ways to brighten and straighten your smile, you’ve come to the right place. Our Long Beach dental team has the knowledge and tools available to help you achieve that perfect smile. Call now to schedule with Dr. Stephen Coates at 562-434-6414, or request an appointment online here.