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Who loves a 50-cent glass of delicious, cold and addicting lemonade on a hot summer day? Or rather, who doesn’t! What about that delicious sweet tea or cold glass of soda?

I know I do! But wait, did you know these things are high in sugar content?

Everyone knows that regular consumption of sugary drinks leads to tooth decay. Did you know that one sip of a sugary drink leaves sugar sitting on your teeth for hours? There is a certain kind of bacteria that lives in our mouths usually keeping things at bay, but when these bacteria eat the sugar it becomes very acidic. This acid then slowly eats away at your enamel.

Just remember this phrase, “Sip All Day, Get Decay”.

According to the Pediatric Dental Health website, every American drinks more than 53 gallons of carbonated beverages each year. Carbonated beverages are just as harmful as sugary drinks, maybe even more so. Carbonated water contains phosphoric, citric, or carbonic acid, which promotes tooth decay.

So, if you’re walking down the street this summer and see a cute kid with that lemonade stand or you’re at a baseball game with the kids and tempted with a sports drink to quench your thirst, don’t feel guilty. Just simply rinse your mouth out with water and don’t sip continuously on the drink all day. And of course, don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly here at Crabtree Dental Center here in Colorado Springs, Colorado to prevent future tooth decay.