Summertime is here and ice cream, the classic American treat in the heat, is a popular choice for people of all ages. It's a tasty option for when you want to cool down and fill up, but the increased consumption of ice cream can have serious consequences for your dental health.

Eating too much ice cream brings many significant concerns regarding the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Concentrated amounts of sugar are not good for your overall health, but they are especially harmful to your mouth. The reason is that the plaque that rests in your mouth feeds off of sugar and releases acid as a byproduct, which will cause your teeth and enamel to decay. The result is cavities and/or gum disease.

Dairy products such as ice cream can be a good source of calcium or a way to mitigate oral swelling after dental surgeries. Ice cream is also tempting to eat after getting braces put on or tightened to numb the pain while providing a delicious reward. But unfortunately, most ice creams are made with a lot of sugar. Orthodontic braces make it more difficult to keep your mouth clean due to the structure of the appliance, thus plaque is able to bond to your mouth tighter.

If you have adult braces or have kids with braces, we suggest purchasing low-sugar or sugar-free ice cream this summer. Always brush your teeth and floss after eating ice cream. If you're on the go, rinse with water or mouthwash to get some of the sticky sugar off your enamel.

If you absolutely love ice cream but also require orthodontic work to straighten misaligned teeth, consider getting invisalign clear braces that you can remove to eat and thoroughly clean your teeth after eating ice cream. Not only do these braces offer a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, they also don't come with any of the dietary restrictions that normal braces have. To learn more about orthodontic health and whether you're overdue for an appointment, visit our website or schedule a consultation with one of the best orthodontists in New York, Dr. Tanya Vaysman.

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