Sip, Snack, Cavities!

photo of sugary and acidic foods and beveragesSummer is here and we know the hot weather will keep you thirsty, but before you head to the cooler, you may want to rethink what ice cold drink you are reaching for!

Did you know??

  • The sugar from the drinks you choose mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid.
  • Sugar free drinks often have acid added to them in the form of phosphoric acid, citric acid, malic acid, and many others.
  • The acid from these drinks attacks your teeth for up to 20 minutes for each sip you take, weakening your tooth enamel in the process!

You may be thinking avoiding soda will take care of this pesky problem, but think again! Soda is not the only drink that can be harmful. Other drinks that can be sugary or acidic include:

  • Dairy milk
  • Soy milk
  • Energy drinks
  • Protein shakes
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Tea
  • Smoothies
  • Fruit juice
  • Sports drinks
  • and many more!

So with sugar or acid in most beverages these days, how do you minimize the damage this causes?

  • Drink sugary/acidic drinks in moderation.
  • Don’t sip on these types of beverages all day long; drink them with a meal instead.
  • Use a straw.
  • Swish with water after drinking these beverages.
  • Never drink sugary/acidic drinks right before bed.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal or beverage.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Drink water instead.
  • Get regular cleanings and checkups at the dentist to catch any issues early on.