Summer Drinks that May Damage Your Teeth

Summer time means cold drinks by the pool and icy treats, but be careful of a few refreshments that can harm your teeth:

1. Citrus—While a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. Frequent exposure to acidic foods may erode enamel and
make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores, so skip the lemon and try cooling cucumber water instead.

2. Sports Drinks—Sounds healthy, but beware! Most sports and energy drinks contain sugar as the top
ingredient. Try to choose drinks low in sugar or ditch them altogether and stick with water.

3. Soda—While this isn’t just a problem in the summer, it is worth mentioning again. Eating sugary foods or sipping sugary drinks for long periods of time can cause an acid attack on your enamel. Most carbonated drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and bad for your teeth. If you must consume a soft drink, try to drink
it quickly rather than over time.

4. Ice—Although it can be found in most summer drinks, remember that ice is for chilling, not for chewing!
While ice is made of water and doesn’t contain sugar or additives, chewing this hard substance may cause a dental emergency and can damage or break tooth enamel. Skip the ice chewing and stick to water in its liquid form.