How Does Eating Ice Cream Affect Your Teeth?

Ice Cream in Keizer and Salem, OR

If you are in a hot sunny environment an ice cream cone can be the best thing in the world to pick you up and give you the energy to keep on going. Although ice cream is not something that you should be eating every day we understand the occasional snack. Here are a few places where you can get your ice cream in Salem and Keizer as well as some reminders to maintain your oral health.

Best Ice Cream in Salem, OR

If you are visiting Salem and are in the mood for some ice cream try to go to one of these places, if not all of them, to enjoy a cool and delicious dessert to fight the summer. Don’t forget to take your toothbrush with you so you can enjoy your meals while keeping a healthy smile.

Dolce Mama’s

Whether it is their regular or seasonal flavors, Dolce Mama’s is known for its incredibly delicious ice creams and treats like cookies, milkshakes, and smoothies. Regardless of your pick, you can be sure that the staff will make your ice cream with the freshest ingredients in town. If you are vegan then Dolce Mama’s got you covered with their vegan menu that includes everything from tea to ice cream sandwiches. 


Limeberry tries to keep things fresh with a rotating selection of ice cream flavors, although they do always try to keep their most loved flavor like cake batter, vanilla, and chocolate available. They also have sugar-free ice cream and no-dairy options for everyone to enjoy.

Don Bigote

Don Bigote is a food and dessert truck that offers you a little bit of everything, from crepes to churros to fries for you to choose what is best to accompany your ice cream. With their ample menu for you to choose from, regardless of your preference, you’ll find the perfect pick for you. 

Best Ice Cream in Keizer, OR

Whether you prefer ice cream or frozen yogurt Keizer also has a great selection of shops for you to try. Given that both Keizer and Salem are not too far apart if you prefer one option over the other you can always just hop on a 10-minute ride and get to your favorite ice cream flavor whenever you feel like it.

EZ Freezy

EZ freezy is a frozen yogurt company with 30 years of experience in the industry. They offer you frozen yogurt, milkshakes, and froyo cones. In their mission to keep things fresh, the people behind EZ freezy buy all their toppings weekly. They also have an ample selection of flavors to choose from, with non-dairy and no added sugar options as well. They are open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.

Frozation Nation

Frozation Nation is an ice cream and frozen yogurt shop with a menu big enough for the whole family. From their vegan survival pack to cookie dough froyo sandwich  Frozanation really does have an option for everyone, they even have gluten-free options making it a great choice to swing by on a sunny day. They are open Monday through Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm.

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

A well-known and safe option for tons of people is Dairy Queen Grill & Chill. They open throughout the whole week from 10 am to 12 am so availability is not a problem. They offer classic treats like sundaes and cones but also more interesting options like their blizzard selection. If you are in the mood for a more solid meal, they also have burgers, chicken baskets, and even a few cakes for you to choose from. 

Is Ice Cream Good for Your Teeth?

The answer is the same as for any other sugary treat or drink, it’s mostly not good for you. Although ice cream does contain calcium that can be beneficial in keeping your teeth and bones strong as well as preventing bone loss it’s not enough to say that it’s beneficial for you. The problem comes from the amount of sugar that is in a cone of ice cream.

Any sugary food will be detrimental to your dental health as the sugar will create a layer around your tooth and react with bacteria eating away the enamel on your teeth. Losing this layer is what leads to tooth decay, cavities, gum and teeth sensitivity, etc. One ice cream cone is equivalent to half the amount of sugar needed in a day, so it’s more than certain that consuming ice cream regularly will have a bad effect on your dental health.

Get Ice Cream at McDonald Orthodontics in Salem

Here at McDonald Orthodontics, we commit ourselves to make your experience at the office the best one possible, and on a hot summer day what’s better than a good ice cream cone to cool off? Because of that at our office in Salem, we will be offering you ice cream, just don’t forget to brush your teeth after so that the sugar in it won’t have a chance to damage your teeth.

So whenever you’re ready for your next appointment or if you are a new patient, don’t forget to ask for ice cream at the office.