As dentists, it is very important to us that our patients understand just how much havoc sugary foods can cause your teeth. Consuming an excessive amount of sugar can compromise your dental and overall health, and sugar is a pretty common culprit of cavities and other painful oral health problems. While our primary goal is to help our patients live healthy lives with balanced diets and bright smiles, we also want you to be happy! It is perfectly alright to treat yourself every once in a while.
If you’re going to indulge in a sweet dessert, we recommend that you opt for ice cream or frozen yogurt! Not only are these treats super delicious, they also contain some nutritional and tooth-healthy benefits like calcium, protein, and even probiotics if you’re choosing frozen yogurt. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious ice cream places right here in Long Beach! Here are a few local favorites!
Rori’s Artisanal Creamery serves up fresh, organic ice cream made with locally sourced, high quality ingredients. They have a few locations, and one of them happens to be right here in Long Beach! Rori’s makes all of their unique flavors in small batches, including options like black pepper pistachio, brown sugar banana, and lemon curd! They’ve even got a few vegan options.
If you’re looking for a chance to show some hometown pride, try Long Beach Creamery! Long Beach Creamery serves handcrafted ice cream made with local, organic ingredients. Their ice cream helps to tell the story of Long Beach and our growing food culture. They’ve got some amazing flavors that you won’t find anywhere else!
If you’re enjoying a day at Shoreline Village, check out Ice Cream on the Boardwalk! They’re always offering 16 flavors of ice cream and 6 flavors of frozen yogurt, including a no sugar added flavor every day. You can build your own ice cream sundae, or enjoy a classic ice cream cone while you stroll through Shoreline Village! They even offer blended fruit smoothies made with nonfat frozen yogurt!
If you’re looking for a cold, sweet treat that you can sip on, try something at The Thick Shake Factory! They offer a ton of specialty drinks and completely customizable shakes with unique flavors and toppings. You can even add protein powder for a little health boost. Perfect!
If you’re vegan or have other dietary restrictions, they should have something for you at Hug Life! They offer lots of dairy free, nut free, and gluten free flavors. While vegan ice cream may not offer all the same tooth-healthy benefits as dairy ice cream, soy and nut based ice creams can still offer some protein and calcium, and are great dessert alternatives if you have dietary restrictions.
We hope that you get the chance to enjoy some of these awesome local ice cream spots in Long Beach before the summer is over! Remember, moderation is the key to everything. It is perfectly fine to treat yourself to a sweet treat occasionally, just promise us you’ll brush and floss your teeth after!
If you’re ready to make your next dental appointment in Long Beach, make an appointment with us today!