When it comes to being refreshed this summer, there is nothing as good as a sweet cold soda or lemonade to go with our food. Let’s face it, some foods aren’t meant to have with a glass of water as your main drink, but you also don’t want to drink a beverage that can erode your teeth’s enamel.
Our enamel is essential to keeping our teeth healthy and strong so the less acidic beverages we drink, the better for our teeth. Now, water isn’t the only drink to have; there is plenty we can have that satisfies our sweet tooth and compliments our food. Here are some of the few drinks you can try without causing damage to your teeth.
- Mineral water – contains many minerals as the name suggest but the two minerals it has that tap water doesn’t is, calcium and magnesium. Calcium is critical to the bone development, and magnesium is essential for our ability to absorb the calcium we need. Sometimes it is referred to as sparkling or still water, but it tastes nothing like water. Give it a try with your next meal.
- Real Fruit Juices – want something with a bit more flavor? How about natural fruit juice without the sugar. Some fruits are naturally sweet without the added sugars which are bad for you, besides juices made of real fruit keeps the nutrients our body needs for energy and to keep our body healthy. Although, try to stay away from the acidic fruits such as oranges, etc.
- Clear Tea – for the coffee drinkers, the change in warm drinks would ease the damage to your teeth and stomach. Clear teas are less acidic such as green tea. Not only is it less abrasive on our teeth, but it is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Now, just like juices, I mean you can have clear teas without the sweeteners you add such as honey, sugar or lemon slice. Adding those additional ingredients in your drink makes it harmful to your teeth.
- Milk – yes, I said milk. Milk is good for the calcium it provides for us as we grow. It is not only good for our teeth but our body. If you have lactose intolerant, try other sources of milk which are healthy and provide the calcium we need such as coconut milk. Chances are we won’t be drinking milk unless in the morning or late at night, so why not mix it up and have it.
Try something new with your meals this time around and see how you like the change of flavor and benefits to your body and smile. Protecting our smile is vital to our digestion process and to keeping our beautiful smile. We need our teeth to speak and break down our food which is why we need to take measures to ensure we protect them from erosion or further damage. Dentists are an excellent source to ask about what you can do today to ensure you keep a healthy smile and mouth.
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