Posted on 12/10/2021 by Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates
Once the weather finally cools down, it’s every desert-dweller’s dream to run for the hot cocoa. And who can blame you? It’s warm, it’s delicious, and it makes things just oh-so-cozy. Here are some tips to make sure that your favorite winter habit doesn’t destroy your oral health.
Make sure it’s not too hot before you take a sip.
Cocoa-lovers of every age continue to struggle because they just can’t wait to get at that good stuff. By giving it some time, you can avoid the burns and scorched-tongue feel that happens otherwise.
Use a straw.
Not only can using a straw to stir your hot beverage help to cool it down, but by drinking your cocoa through a straw, you will help limit the contact with your pearly whites. So limit stains from cocoa and coffee by using a straw.
Use milk with your cocoa.
Not only does milk have vitamin benefits, it also can prevent tannins from attaching to your teeth and causing stains.
Skip the sugary add-ins.
The less sugar the better when it comes to beverages. So skip the marshmallows and sugary stir-sticks and opt for sugar substitutes where possible.
Drink lots of water in-between.
Dentists never miss a chance to praise the benefits of water, and this is no exception. In addition to helping you stay hydrated, it can help wash away sugar, plaque and bacteria.
Call your dentist if warm drinks are uncomfortable or painful to your teeth.
If warm drinks cause discomfort or pain, you could be dealing with a dental issue like sensitive teeth, decay, infection, or old dental work that needs attention. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment to take care of these concerns.
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