It’s getting really close to that time of year, again! We’re all usually pretty excited at the thought of beach outings, picnics, and pool parties. Summer is also a time when everyone seeks out their favorite thirst-quenchers to stay cool.
Such beverages probably include things like:
- Iced coffee
- Sports drinks
- Sweetened juices
Popular and well-loved though these classics may be, moderation is necessary. Don’t let your favorite drink ruin your summer.
How can these beverages pose a problem?
The Main Ingredient
A lot of these drinks are so refreshing because they are sweet in addition to being cold. The sugar in them is what can be a problem. Sugar erodes enamel and feeds the acid-producing bacteria that create cavities. Drinks like soda and sports drinks also contain high levels of enamel-wearing acid…so be careful about what you pick up to sip on.
Watch the Frequency
More important than how much sugar your teeth are exposed to is how long and how frequently they are exposed. Because it’s hot, you’re extra thirsty and want more of whatever it is you’re drinking. Or, perhaps you need the caffeine-fix a certain drink gives – and you reach for it more often than you realize.
Try to be conscientious of choosing sugar-free drink options. At the very least, limit how many sweet drinks you have in a day and try to finish each in one quick sitting, such as with a meal. Using a straw can help.
Beat the Heat in Nashua This Summer
Your family is probably looking forward to a variety of ways to make the most of the coming summer days. Whatever your plans may be, don’t neglect your dental health! Stick to smile-friendly cold drinks. Also make sure you visit Nashua Dental Group for a comprehensive dental exam at least once before your summer vacation is over.