Beat the Heat Without Beating Up Your Teeth

woman drinking lemonadeThe heat of summer demands that you stay hydrated and refreshed. While it’s tempting to reach for an iced cold soda, lemonade, or sweet iced tea more often than a bottle of water, the tasty refreshments might not be as kind to your teeth as they are to your palate. Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, warns that overindulgence with many of the most popular summer drinks can cause serious damage to your teeth. Fortunately, you can still stay refreshed, please your taste buds, and keep your teeth healthy without overexposing them to the sugars and acids that could lead to their destruction.

Enjoy…With Caution

For many people, it would be almost cruel to suggest completely eliminating lemonade and iced tea from their options, especially during summer time. In moderation, most beverages don’t pose any real threat to your dental health. The danger comes when you consume them enough to overwhelm your teeth’s natural defenses. Acids in soft drinks and lemonade erode the enamel that protects your teeth, while sugar feeds oral bacteria that produce even more acid. The double-sided attack can leave your teeth especially weak after each sip, and drinking sugary/acidic beverages constantly can leave teeth vulnerable to damage and decay.

Go for the Good Stuff

To keep your teeth strong and safe, choose water more often than you choose sodas and other beverages. Water is neutral, and as such, it neutralizes the acids lingering in your mouth. It also helps rinse your mouth of bacteria, and promotes a healthy flow of saliva to rinse your mouth naturally. Drink or swish some water after finishing another beverage to wash away its remnants. Also, don’t forget to brush your teeth at least twice every day and floss at least once to keep oral bacteria (and the dental plaque they form) under control.


Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Polk City, Ankeny, Grimes, Ames, Johnston, Urbandale, and Des Moines.