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Infographic Text Only: When life gives you lemonade…use a straw!

Posted by August 1, 2017

Backyard barbecues, afternoons spent poolside and days at the amusement park just wouldn’t be the same without ice cold lemonade. Unfortunately, this official beverage of summer is terrible for your teeth. The only way to fully avoid the dental health risks of lemonade is to choose plain water instead. But if you have a hankering for that tart, sugary treat, United Concordia Dental’s experts have some simple tips to better protect your teeth. So sip on!

Problem Solution
Sugar: Whether yours is fresh-squeezed or store bought, most lemonades contain loads of sugar, which can lead to cavities. Rinse with water: After drinking your lemonade, swish some clean tap water around in your mouth. This will help to wash away some of the sugar left on the surface of your teeth.
Acid: Since lemons are a citrus fruit, you can bet lemon juice is high in citric acid, which can damage your enamel, the hard outer part of your teeth. Lemon juice has one of the lowest pH levels of all fruit juices at a range of 2.00-2.60.1 If the environment in your mouth drops below a pH of 5.5, enamel can be eaten away.2 Use a straw: Typically, when you take a drink, the liquid sloshes around in your mouth, soaking your teeth. Sipping on a straw can help move the liquid past your teeth and to the back of your mouth, limiting your teeth’s exposure.
Ice: Sure, it’s made of H20 but chewing on something as hard as ice is bad for your teeth. This can lead to problems like painful chips, cracks and broken dental appliances.3 Don’t chew: Break your ice chewing habit and just say no to the crunch. Let it melt and enjoy the hydration.

Sources:

  1. pH Values of Common Foods and Ingredients, Clemson University
  2. Dental Erosion: Etiology, Diagnosis and Prevention, Registered Dental Hygienist Magazine, April 2011
  3. Top 9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth, American Dental Association

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