July 6th, 2018
It’s Hot, Sunny, and you are Thirsty!
Summertime means lots of sun and enjoying outside activities. All of this time in the sun gets you thirsty! Before you grab something to drink-- stop and think about your teeth! Coffee and tea can stain your teeth. Soft drinks, sports drinks, and vitamin waters often contain a lot of sugar and acid. This can result in tooth decay. Even diet or “sugar free” sodas contain acid that also attacks your teeth enamel. Ongoing acid on your teeth weakens the enamel and can result in cavities.
What can you do to reduce tooth decay? Drink soda, sport drinks, and flavored waters in moderation. Even juice contains a lot of sugar and should be consumed in limited amounts. Don’t sip for extended periods of time as the ongoing sipping prolongs the time for the sugar and acid attacks on your teeth. After drinking sweet drinks, be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to dilute the sugar.
Plain tap water is an even better choice!! It has no sugar, no acid, and no calories! In many communities the tap water has fluoride to help protect your teeth. Plus, if you use a refillable water bottle you are helping to protect the environment!
Remember: healthy teeth require healthy food and beverage choices, regular brushing and flossing, and regular checkups with your dentist. The reward is a beautiful, cavity free, smile!
Be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his team if you have any questions about brushing and flossing with braces or retainers!
We hope everyone is having a great summer!!