It's time for summer time activities!
The Irmo Cosmetic Dentist Columbia staff, however, usually hears many dental-related concerns from our patients during this time of year.
These concerns, however, don't exactly revolve entirely around the teeth. Instead, our patients are usually asking us, 'what can I drink to stay hydrated throughout the summer... and keep my teeth healthy too?'
Keeping yourself hydrated is important to keep in mind for summer. The hot summer months can cause you to feel lethargic, thirsty—and it doesn't fare well for your teeth either, since your mouth will lose hydration from a lack of saliva.
You can't just reach for your favorite drink and expect to get hydrated right away. Sometimes, our favorite drinks are the ones that don't make us feel too hydrated. Keep reading for the Irmo Cosmetic Dentist Columbia approved beverage list, so you can avoid these drinks when you need to quench your thirst.
- Carbonated soft drinks. If you're thirsty, an average carbonated soft drink isn't going to quench your thirst. These drinks commonly contain a lot of sugar, which can lead to cavities. The phosphoric acid in these drinks can weaken the enamel of your teeth and even the bones.
- Sports drinks. These drinks actually contain a large amount of sugar that can harm the teeth. To avoid this problem, a lot of sports drinks have low sugar or sugarless options to prevent teeth erosion. This way, people can consume sports drinks without harmful sugars, getting electrolytes they need to stay hydrated and active.
- Wine. Wine contain acids that can harm the enamel of your teeth. Thanks to this, it's recommended to avoid brushing your teeth right after drinking wine. Your teeth is actually in a softened state after drinking wine; brushing only causes the enamel of your teeth to wear away. Before brushing, rinse your teeth by drinking water and wait a while after consuming the drink.
- Lemonade. Although tasty and refreshing, this drink contains a 'dangerous' combination of both acids and sugar. This formula essentially erodes the enamel layer of the teeth, causing cavities to develop from the harmful combination penetrating and wearing away the teeth.
It's best to drink water throughout the summer—and even year-round. Avoiding the previously mentioned drinks is your best bet to keep your teeth in top condition throughout the summer and your body hydrated throughout the summer. That doesn't mean you can't drink those drinks! Just rinse your mouth with water to help rinse the residue from the mouth.
If you need a summer dental checkup, why not contact the Irmo Cosmetic Dentist Columbia office? We can help you get your teeth on the right track for the summer season!