We’ve all seen the startling statistics about sugary beverages:
- An 8-ounce energy drink contains 7 teaspoons of sugar.
- A 20-ounce sports drink has 8 teaspoons of sugar.
- A 20-ounce soda packs 19 teaspoons of sugar.
The sugar in drinks is substantial, and it has a real impact on your dental—and overall—health. Fortunately, Americans are doing something about it: Soda consumption sunk to a 31-year low in 2016, and Americans are now drinking more water than soda.
Ready to slow your sugary swigging in favor of more H2O? Here’s some encouragement to help you make the switch.
Tapping Water’s Benefits for Total Health
Why is water so great? Water aids virtually every bodily function—from temperature and digestion to joint health and energy levels.
It also contains zero calories and zero sugar. The reason dentists encourage patients to curb sugar consumption is because sugar produces acid buildup in the mouth, which erodes tooth enamel—this creates an optimal environment for cavities to form.
And while more Americans are reaching for bottled water, simple tap water is just as good for you. In fact, tap water contains some extra dental health perks.
- Tap water is fluoridated, which protects tooth enamel and makes it more resistant to decay.
- Tap water saves you money because it is cheaper than drinking bottled water. Plus, the extra fluoride protection in tap water could actually cut your dental bill by protecting your family from cavities.
Staying Hydrated in 2018 and Beyond
Toting a water bottle while at work or on the go is one of the easiest ways to make a habit out of healthy hydration. But if you need to shake up your water routine, you have options. With water being more popular than ever, different varieties of “value-added” water are hitting store shelves (just make sure to read the label to ensure they don’t contain sneaky sugars). Exploring different flavored waters or sparkling waters will help the switch from soda stick and keep the health benefits flowing.