Cooling off could mean plenty of cavities this summer

31 Jul

cold drinkWith the weather sizzling, we are always looking for ways to cool off. Ice-cold soda, sports drinks, ice cream and freezer pops are tops sellers during the summer season. It is no wonder why kids tend to crave ice-cold sugary treats during hot weather, therefore putting their teeth at risk for cavities.

However, many of us think that this issue only concerns kids, as a lot of adults dot drink soda, juice or eat popsicles. This may be true, although as grown ups we tend to indulge in a different type of sugary drink during the summer months.

There is nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Strawberry Mohito, or how about an ice-cold wine spritzer. We may not even think about it but when it’s hot we tend to go for something that sounds refreshing and fruity. When it comes to alcoholic beverages, this usually means adding juice or flavoring which has high sugar content. Wine spritzers, mimosas and sangrias are also made with fruit and sugar; this means our teeth can take a beating. Not only does wine stain teeth, it is considered acidic, mixed in with sugar this can be a lethal combination for our teeth’s enamel.

If sugary cocktails weren’t enough, for us coffee lovers summer time brings about delicious frozen and blended coffee drinks. Frappacinos and blended mochas can sure take the edge off after a hot day, however, those drinks are loaded up with sugar. Flavored syrups and whip cream is hard to say no to, but our teeth say otherwise. Coffee, just like wine is known to stain teeth, the milk and sugary flavoring work to corrode or teeth, especially because we usually like to sip on these drinks through out the day.

This is not to say that everyone will encounter cavities after indulging in a few adult beverages and coffee frappes, but it is a wake up call for us to start and pay attention to our teeth. This means drinking plenty of water, brushing thoroughly, rinsing with mouthwash and going of course seeing the dentist for annual checkups.

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Dental prevention


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