The Dental Dangers Of Sugary Summer Drinks

July 15, 2016

You probably already know good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing is essential for healthy teeth and gums. But what you eat and drink also plays a role in maintaining good dental health. In fact, in some instances, what you eat and drink can reverse the positive effects that your brushing and flossing are doing.

Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh at Strathcona Dental Clinic, believe in educating their patients on how they can be proactive about their dental health. With summer here, one thing you can do for your family is to be aware of the damage certain beverages can have on the teeth.

Although you and your family might drink soda and sugary juices any time of the year, it’s common to drink more during the summer. After all, a cold drink is great on a hot summer day. But when it comes to your dental health, reaching for a drink loaded with sugar is not your best bet.

The problem with soda and sports drinks is they contain a lot of sugar, which interacts with bacteria in your mouth. After you drink soda, the sugar is left behind on your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth feeds on the sugar, which creates acid.

In time, the acid can wear away some of the enamel on your teeth, which makes them weaker. Weaker enamel makes your teeth sensitive and more susceptible to cavities. Your kids are even more at risk of tooth decay since their enamel is not completely developed.

Keep in mind, it’s not just soda and sports drinks that are the culprit. Juices and summer treats, such as snow cones and popsicles, also contain a lot of sugar.

The best thing you can do for your teeth and your family’s dental health is to avoid sugary drinks and soda whenever possible. Substitute sugary drinks for milk or water.  If you do drink juice, make sure it contains at least 10 percent real fruits juice. Also, consider mixing half juice with half water to cut sugar.

If you do occasionally indulge in a sugary beverage, consider drinking it through a straw. A straw draws the liquid to the back of your mouth, which reduces sugar contact with your teeth. After drinking, it’s also a good idea to rinse and brush your teeth to remove the sugar from your mouth. Getting professionally applied fluoride treatment at our dental office in Edmonton is also helpful to prevent tooth decay.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Edmonton dental clinic at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at