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5 summer tips for healthy teeth

Summer drinks can hurt teeth.

This summer, stay hydrated and healthy. But think carefully when you choose your beverage – some drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay.

  1. Drink water

    Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. This helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath.

  2. Choose tap

    Fluoridated tap water strengthens your enamel, making your teeth more resistant to decay.

  3. Skip the bubbles

    The acid in carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel.

  4. Use a straw

    If you drink acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.

  5. Try tea

    Tea contains compounds that suppress bacteria, slowing down tooth decay and gum disease. Just remember: Don’t add sugar!

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Published: August 2016

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.