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The foods and drinks you consume can harm your teeth and gums. On top of that list is sweetened drinks. Their sugary content feeds the harmful oral bacteria in your mouth which gets their energy from the sugar. As that happens, the bacteria create acids that attack your pearly whites, exposing them to the harmful effects of tooth erosion and cavities.

If you think fruit juice is a healthy choice for your teeth, think again, Unfortunately, even apple juice has as much sugar as a soda! But there are options. You can make healthier substitutions that will leave your teeth in better shape. Consider the following substitutions:

  • Drink water instead of soda.
  • Drink unsweetened tea instead of energy drinks.
  • Drink plain milk instead of chocolate milk.
  • Drink sparkling water instead of smoothies.
  • Drink diluted fruit juice instead of fruit punch or juice.

These options can help prevent feeding the harmful oral bacteria living in your mouth. In addition, if your tap water is fluoridated it will give tooth enamel a healthy, protective boost. If you enjoy milk, you are also going the extra mile with your teeth by supplying calcium.

But what if you just can’t give up your daily tea, or coffee, or soda? You can still provide extra measures of protection by doing the following:

  • Don’t sip! Sipping just spreads out feeding oral bacteria. By drinking your beverage in one sitting reduces harmful exposure to the teeth.
  • Drink fluoridated tap water to strengthen your pearly whites.
  • Use a straw to buffer the liquid’s contact with your teeth.
  • Remember to brush and floss every single day to remove harmful bacteria.
  • Chew sugarless gum to activate saliva production which can help wash away harmful bacteria and neutralize acids.

To schedule a visit with our dentists, Dr. F. Todd Wortham and Dr. Seth Jorgensen in Valdez, Alaska, please call 907-885-2436 today. At Foothills Dentistry, we want to help you keep your healthy smile!