Sip sugary drinks all day, get tooth decay

A steady consumption of sugary drinks is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. That’s because sugar combines with bacteria in your mouth to form an acid that attacks your teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and the 20-minute attack starts all over again with every sip you take.

These ongoing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel. Children and teens are most susceptible to tooth decay from sugary beverages because their tooth enamel is not fully developed.

Avoid tooth decay and other health problems that arise from drinking too many sugary drinks by staying hydrated the right way. The Health Department reminds City employees to rethink your drink this summer and choose healthier beverages such as water; plain or naturally flavored sparkling water; fruit-infused water; tea or coffee without sugar; or a homemade smoothie with fruit, yogurt or milk, and ice.

Think you need the caffeine or sugar in sugary beverages for the energy to get through the day? Lack of water is actually the No. 1 trigger for daytime fatigue. Next time you feel tired at work, try drinking water. It’s good for your body and won’t damage your teeth.

Learn more at the Health Department’s ReThink Your Drink: Every Sip Counts summer campaign website.

Source: Wisconsin Dental Association

Published Aug 12, 2015



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