On a hot summer day, sometimes the only thing you want is a nice, tall glass of ice-cold lemonade. Unfortunately, the sweet, citrus drinks of summer can reek havoc on teeth and overall oral health. Before diving into the sugary glass and gulping down a few drinks, there are several tips and tricks to learn to help prevent tooth decay.
At Biscayne Dental Center, we hope everyone has a fun, safe summer season.
Enjoy Life AND Prevent Tooth Decay
Believe it or not, you can enjoy your favorite drinks and treats without completely destroying your teeth. Preventing tooth decay is all about making the right choices. If you have a sweet tooth, indulge it, but be prepared to prevent the decay it can cause. When choosing a candy, stay away from hard candies.
Hard candy, like suckers and lemon drops, do more damage to teeth than other candies. The high sugar content, the hardness, and the motion of sucking all negatively affect oral health. If at all possible, choose a softer candy over a hard candy. Make sure to brush teeth thoroughly after eating something sugary.
Lemonade, strawberry drinks, and margaritas are incredibly common in the summer. They taste amazing, but their after affects are less than attractive. Keeping sugary, citrusy drinks to a minimum is good for both overall health and oral health. When you do imbibe, try to remember the following tips:
Drink through a straw: Believe it or not, just drinking through a straw can help prevent teeth erosion due to the high levels of citrus. Instead of the drink hitting the fronts of your teeth, a straw helps mitigate the damage of such drinks.
Don’t brush right away: It might seem intuitive to brush teeth directly after enjoying such a sugary drink, but don’t do it. Brushing right after consuming citrus can actually erode the essential enamel on the teeth. Hold off on brushing until at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking, if not an hour or more.
Of course, the best way to ensure better oral health is to make an appointment at least twice a month at a dentist. Between now and then, just try to make some smart choices.