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If you are feeling thirsty, or if you just want to relax and cool off this summer, there are a number of drinks you might reach for when you want to refresh yourself.

Sports drinks are good when you have been exerting yourself, such as when you are exercising, doing hard work or playing sports. But you should save sports drinks for those occasions and when possible, consider diluting them with water. Sports drinks can be high in acid which, as our dentists, Dr. Peter Cha & Danny H. Dinh can tell you, can erode the enamel on your teeth and lead to tooth decay.

Energy drinks are high in stimulants such as caffeine and taurine which are not good for the body, and also contain high levels of acid. Soft drinks not only contain acid but are often high in sugar which causes tooth decay. Fruit juice, on the other hand, contains vitamins and minerals that your body can use, but it is still a good idea to enjoy a glass of water with your juice, especially if you are drinking citrus juice which contains acid.

In all honesty, pretty much the best drink for your teeth is water. Water hydrates your mouth, which is very important for sufficient healthy saliva levels. It also washes away oral debris and the acids that can be left behind by the foods you eat. If you live in a city or town that fluoridates the water supply, the extra dose of fluoride can also strengthen your tooth enamel.

If you have questions about dental care in Frederick, Maryland, we have the answers as well as other tips you can use to have a healthy smile. To learn more about caring for your dental health and to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam at Family Smile Center LLC, please call 301.663.9484 today to plan your visit.