Soda, energy drinks and sports drinks can contain high amounts of sugar and are also acidic. Diet sodas, while low in sugar, are also highly acidic and can damage your tooth enamel. Even healthier options such as fruit juices can have as much sugar as soda while many are naturally acidic. Also be aware of alcohol consumption, especially drink mixes which can be high in sugar or acidic.
Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day keeps your mouth coated in sugar, creating an ideal environment for cavities to develop. Limit sugary drinks to meal times when your mouth produces more saliva, which cleans and protects the mouth from bacteria.
Be aware not only of the drinks that come with sugar but also the sugar you add to your drinks. Adding sugar or a drizzle of honey to your coffee or tea all adds up. Slowly try to reduce the amount of sugar you add. Also avoid adding acidic (lemon or lime juice) to water. Reach for water more often.
Take a drink of water to help rinse and dilute the sugars in your mouth. Brushing will help to remove sugars from the teeth. Wait to brush your teeth an hour after drinking to allow the tooth enamel time to recover from the acid attack.
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