Summertime: Rethink Sugary Drinks

Summertime is officially here! The Texas heat is back, the kids are out of school, pool days are now everyday, and everyone is trying their best to stay cool. When it comes to your overall health and oral hygiene, sugary drinks are first on the list for beverages to avoid if at all possible.

Did you know that sugary drinks are one of the leading causes of tooth decay? All of those energy drinks, fruit juices, sport drinks, sodas and diet sodas may be the perfect summertime thirst quencher, but they aren’t so easy on your teeth.

How does tooth decay happen?

When you have even one sugary beverage, the sugar latches onto your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth eats away at the sugar. When the bacteria consumes the sugar on your teeth, it leaves behind an acid. The acid then starts to eat away at your teeth. This makes your teeth weaker and slowly starts the decaying process, exponentially increasing your chances of getting a cavity.

How can you avoid this damage?

There are a number of things you can do to stop tooth decay! If you have to have a soda with most meals, start by drinking one less soda a day. Another option is to look for a healthier drink option, such as an all-natural fruit juice instead of your usual fruit punch.

If you just have to have a sugary drink, you can rinse your mouth out with water to remove any remaining sugar. Also, be sure to have toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride. This will help strengthen your tooth enamel and in turn, reverse the damage caused by sugary drinks.

We know the summertime heat makes it hard to resist a nice, cold drink, so just stop on by for a check-up and we’ll be happy to help keep your teeth nice and clean this summer!