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Drink Everything You Can Through a Straw This Summer

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A young teenage girl drinking through a straw.Summer is here, which means the temperatures are climbing, inevitably causing you to desire some tasty summertime beverages. Be it soda, sweet tea or a fresh fruit beverage, chances are you're consuming a rather large amount of sugar, which can be detrimental to your teeth.

You don't have to avoid these backyard favorites though. Have you ever considered drinking your thirst quencher through a straw?

What Can Sugar Do?

With summer comes a whole wide selection of beverages. Soda and sweet tea are favorites for cookouts. With the variety of fruits coming into season, the options for fresh pressed juices are practically limitless. No matter what you choose to drink on a warm summer afternoon, chances are, you are taking in quite a lot of sugar. All of this sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth.

If you aren't careful, it can collect in your mouth and cause your teeth to decay. While you may have heard this about the added sugars in sodas and teas, even the natural sugars present in fresh fruit juices can be just as problematic. But just because your favorite drink poses this risk, that doesn't mean you should stay away. There are ways to keep it on the menu.

Drinking Through A Straw

When pouring a glass of your summer beverage of choice, try topping it off with a straw. By sipping through a straw, you are limiting the chances of large amounts of sugary liquid coming in contact with your teeth, instead sending it straight to your throat.

It does not completely eliminate that contact though. So, to ensure that you completely get rid of this sugar, be sure to drink water occasionally and always be sure to keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine.

Summer means soda, sweet tea and lots of fresh fruit juice. It also means lots of sugar potentially causing some severe teeth issues. But by drinking through a straw, you reduce the chances that sugar comes in contact with your teeth, saving them from decay.

Please contact us if you have any questions about sugars effect on your oral health.

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