Sodas, sports beverages, energy drinks. Teens love them!
We found a great article on the blog for 1-800-Dentist on how to help your teen wean off sugary drinks which will help prevent tooth decay! Tooth decay tops the Surgeon General’s list of chronic childhood diseases.
From the article:
Switching to healthier alternative beverages — doesn’t have to be traumatic. Most kids are perfectly happy drinking healthier choices. Here are five of our tooth-friendly favorites:
1. Water – Always economical and typically infused with fluoride, calorie-free tap water is still nature’s number-one thirst quencher.
2. Fruit Juice Fizzers – A splash of 100 percent fruit juice mixed with seltzer or sparkling water is a refreshing way to transition kids from soda to healthier beverages.
3. Sporty Half & Half’s – A 50/50 mix of sport drink and water creates a cool drink kids love. The best part? It dramatically reduces the sugars and acids found in most sports drinks.
4. Tea – Chilled black tea lightly sweetened with honey or stevia is a healthy alternative to canned iced teas.
5. Low-fat Milk – This old favorite is packed with bone-building, teeth-strengthening calcium.
Remember, it’s important to act as a good role model and reinforce “oral healthy” lifestyle choices with your own beverage selection.