Now that we are officially in the midst of summer, it is time for all of our fun summertime events to begin. Unfortunately for our teeth, it is also the season so full of fun and sugar that we tend to overindulge in all of the sugary sweetness the season has to offer.
Believe it or not, but the average American consumes 50 gallons of soda and other sweetened beverages each year, according to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, and more than 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities. This is a problem, folks. Because not only does bacteria feed on the sugars in what you eat and drink, but it creates acid that can break down the tooth’s outer surface and valuable minerals that protect teeth from decay.
“Sipping sugary drinks gives bacteria in the mouth more power to create acid that weakens tooth enamel and causes cavities,” said CDA President-elect Lindsay Robinson, DDS. “In addition, sports drinks pose many of the same risks as other sugar-loaded beverages, such as irreversible dental erosion, and should not be substituted for water.”
CDA urges people to swap out sugar-laden drinks for a glass of milk or water this summer. It contains zero sugar, acids and calories, making it fantastic for your teeth and your overall health. After all, summer’s hot – we need to stay hydrated to keep our bodies working properly.
Most importantly, protect teeth throughout during these hot summer months by brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing regularly and visiting a dentist for a complete dental checkup on a regular basis.
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