We are constantly bombarded with shocking statistics about how much sugar we consume. It isn’t just our food that is causing our waistlines to expand and our teeth to erode. There are many seemingly healthy beverages on the market that contain as much sugar as some of the more obvious carbonated drinks.
Here are some top tips for protecting your teeth from sugary/ acidic drinks:
- Restrict the amount of sugary drinks you consume. It is a difficult habit to break but replacing your daily soft drink with water will not only help you lose weight but it will also save your teeth from pesky those cavities and dental decay.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and ensure you include dental floss and a good toothpaste into your routine. By getting to all of the nooks and crannies between your teeth, you’ll remove the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Note: if you consume a sugary/ acidic drink you will need to wait at least 30 minutes after to brush your teeth as they will have been weakened by the acids in the drink.
- Use a straw If you must consume a sugary drink, use a straw to minimise the contact that is has with the teeth. Of course it is much better to avoid these sorts of drinks altogether, however if you are going to drink them a straw is a good idea.
- Don’t drink before bedtime If you drink sugary drinks after you brush your teeth, you will increase your risk of tooth decay as it will give the damaging acid in the drink eight hours to attack your pearly whites. If you do feel thirsty, you can quench your thirst with a glass of water.
When you are deciding what beverage to consume, consider the impact it could have on your general and oral health. Good, old fashioned water is the best option to keep you hydrated and to keep your mouth healthy.
Frequent oral-health checks at your dentist will help spot the early signs of tooth decay and will help you maintain your teeth for longer. If you’ve not seen your dentist for a while or perhaps you have concerns regarding your teeth, call us today to book your dental check-up.