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5 summer tips for healthy teeth

This summer, stay hydrated and healthy. But think carefully when you choose your beverage – some drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay.

1. Drink water

Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. This helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath.

2. Choose tap

Fluoridated tap water strengthens your enamel, making your teeth more resistant to decay.

3. Skip the bubbles

The acid in carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel.

4. Use a straw

If you drink acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.

5. Try tea

Tea contains compounds that suppress bacteria, slowing down tooth decay and gum disease. Just remember: Don’t add sugar!