Snack & Sip-Risk Decay
Americans are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar more often and in larger portions than ever before. Alarmingly, a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including sports drinks, can ruin teeth, especially among those who snack throughout the day.
The sugar mixed with the bacteria in your mouth produces acid, which can attack the enamel on your teeth for up to twenty minutes. When sugar is consumed over and over, the harmful effect on your teeth can be dramatic. Once a tooth decays, the enamel does not grow back.
To reduce your risk of tooth decay:
***Try to consume sugary food and drinks only with meals. Your saliva helps neutralize the acid.
***Limit between-meal snacks and sugary beverages. If you crave a snack, choose nutritious foods.
***Drink water. Consuming fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.
***Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
***And see your dentist regularly.