Lemonade, iced tea, smoothies and juices all sound delicious during hot summer days. But beware of the sugar content, especially if you’re drinking more than one glass a day.

You probably already guessed that the most important drink is water! It’s good for your body and teeth. Most flavored and carbonated drinks have high sugar content, dehydrating additives and other chemicals to enhance flavor, and make you feel like you’re quenching your thirst.

Water helps cleanse your palate, dilute the acids in your mouth, and rinse away bacteria or food debris from your teeth and gums. Water also regulates your brain function and energy levels and helps fight dry mouth caused by some medications. Dry mouth isn’t only uncomfortable, it also raises your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It’s best to keep a bottle of water nearby and sip from it throughout the day.

If you must indulge in a sweet drink or food occasionally, be sure to rinse your mouth with water to flush out sugar and acids that can break down the enamel of your teeth. Also, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and see your dentist twice a year to live well and smile more at every age.

HAWAII DENTAL SERVICE (501(c) 4 nonprofit)
Kahala Howser, Wellness & Events Manager
808-521-1431 | khowser@hawaiidentalservice.com