The summer months are the period when Sydney comes alive. The weather is glorious, and sitting outside and enjoying a drink is standard behaviour for millions of us. And why not?

Regardless of our enjoyment, however, it can pay dividends over time to take a good look at our drinking habits, and more specifically, our choice of libation. This decision can make a considerable difference in our dental health overall. Many people may shy away from sugary drinks at the pub, but adding a shot of vodka doesn’t suddenly negate their negative impacts on our teeth, and as your North Ryde and Macquarie Park dental clinic, we are keen to help preserve your teeth.

To be clear, alcohol is never ‘healthy’ in the purest sense, as we well know. Any dram should be taken in moderation, or risk neurological issues or damage to our livers and kidneys. But in regards to our dental health, some are distinctly better than others.

As with soft drinks, the combination of sugars and acids makes for tough going on your enamel. Without a dose of moderation, overdoing it can lead to cavities and pool gum health over time. Mixed drinks, such as rum and coke and whiskey and dry, are among the worst offenders – but even something as innocent as a vodka/cranberry contains of a teaspoon of sugar, which along with the acidity in cranberries, puts your teeth in a tough spot.

Worst of all, however, is the humble Bloody Mary. The acidic tobacco, Worcestershire, and tomato juice combine to create an onslaught of poor ingredients for your teeth. Instead, go for lighter, paler, less sugary beers, a citrus-free gin and tonic, or lighter reds, like a Pinot Noir.

Contact your friends at North Ryde Dental for more information, or to book an appointment with your favourite North Ryde and Macquarie Park dental clinic.

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