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With hot weather and summer sports upon us, it is VERY important to stay hydrated. However, you need to be certain your beverage choice is not causing more harm to your teeth! Cold, plain water is the BEST choice to cool off and replenish lost fluids. Carbonated water or sports drinks have added sugar but and are also MORE acidic due to the carbonation. Sugar and acids are the two major causes of tooth decay. The acidity can cause loss of enamel which can make our teeth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

Also many caffeinated beverages will dry out your mouth. Your saliva is your bodies natural defense shield. Using a fluoridated toothpaste daily will help.

Fun Teeth Facts:

  • It takes 17 muscles to smile BUT 43 to frown!
  • Did you know that the average person produces a quart of saliva daily?
  • Did you know that just like our finger prints, everyone’s tongue print is different?
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest part of our bodies. Even harder than our bones!
  • Your tongue is the only muscle in our body that is not attached to something at both ends.
  • The first toothbrush was introduced in China in 1498. The bristles were made of stiff hairs from a pig!
  • Leonardo da Vinci is thought to be the first person to sketch and describe the structure of teeth.
  • It was customary during the middle ages to kiss a donkey if you had a toothache.
  • People prefer blue toothbrushes to red ones!
  • A mosquito’s proboscis has 47 sharp edges (mosquito teeth) on its tip to help cut through skin! They are not used to chew since blood is already in liquid form

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