What You Can Do
Reduce Decay: 9 Things to Start Doing Now
- Drink soft drinks in moderation.
- Don't sip for extended periods of time. Ongoing sipping prolongs sugar and acid attacks on your teeth.
- Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth.
- After drinking, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the sugar.
- Never drink soda pop or juice before bedtime because the liquid pools in your mouth and coats your tongue and teeth with sugar and acid.
- Read labels. Regular soda pop is high in sugar. And diet or "sugar-free" soda pop is high in acid. Sugar and acid are both bad for your teeth.
- Drink water instead of soft drinks. It has no sugar, no acid and no calories.
- Get regular checkups and cleanings to remove bacteria buildup (plaque). Floss, too.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth.
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Spread the Word!
Students: You have the power to change the beverages offered in your school. If your only choices are soda pop and sweetened juices, speak up and ask your school administrators for beverages that won't harm your teeth.
Parents: Please talk to your children about the effects of soda pop consumption. Monitor what, how much and when they drink. Encourage healthy alternatives, such as milk and water.
School Boards and Administrators: Please ensure that your school's food and beverage policy influences students to make healthy choices.