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Sip All Day & Get Tooth Decay

Cola-trimDrinking sugary sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, vitamin waters and fruit drinks have become a daily habit for a growing number of people — kids, teens and young adults. It’s not just the sugar in these beverages causes tooth decay. It’s also the acid. Acid damages tooth enamel. Sugar and acid combined leads to rapid tooth decay.

Guess what? Diet drinks aren’t the answer, since they contain phosphates that turn into acids that also damage tooth enamel.

Unfortunately, lemonade and tea beverages also contain a lot of sugar and organic acids that can advance enamel erosion and tooth decay. These organic acids are especially damaging because of their ability to breakdown calcium — an essential ingredient for strong teeth and gums.

In addition, these types of drinks can contribute to staining and hypersensitivity caused by softened tooth enamel.

Take a close look at the amount of acid (and sugar) in these beverages versus battery acid!

So, what really happens as you’re sipping one of these types of beverages?

  1. The acid attacks your teeth.
  2. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and another attack begins again after every sip.
  3. Repeated acid attacks weaken tooth enamel.
  4. When tooth enamel is weakened bacteria (“sugar bugs”) in your mouth begin to cause cavities.

To Minimize The Impact These Types Of Drinks Have On Your Teeth:

  • Limit your intake to one per day.
  • Drink with a straw whenever possible.
  • Never drink these types of beverages before you go to bed, because liquid pools in your mouth, and coats your tongue and  teeth with damaging sugar — and acid.
  • Drink water instead of soda. It has no sugar, acid or calories!
  • Always swish your mouth with water after drinking any sugary or acidic beverage.
  • Do not brush your teeth immediately after sipping a sugary or acidic beverage because the abrasives in toothpaste may cause more damage due to the state of your acid-exposed tooth enamel. It’s best to wait a while before brushing – but don’t wait to swish with water to flush away excess acid and sugar.

Sip Safely – And Remember To Always Swish, Swish, Swish!