8 teeth-friendly summer drinks you should know
The sunny season is commenced. Excessive heat raises our body temperature so that summer-related problems like heavy sweating, sunburns, headaches, dizziness, heat strokes, and others occur. It is important to keep yourselves hydrated to beat the summer heat and its associated problems.
Do you know may the summer-thirst quenching drinks you are taking keep your body cool but will have ill effects on your teeth. Lemonade, sparkling water, energy drinks, jigarthanda are some instances. It is because of the sugar and acidic contents these beverages contain. Even if you prefer packaged natural fruit juice, the sugar and flavoring agents in the fluid can lead to dental dilemmas.
Hence our dentists have shared a list of healthy whilst tooth-enhancing drinks to mitigate the body heat during summers.
1) Spicy Buttermilk
Spiced buttermilk (also known as Masala Chaas) is the most popular summer drink in India. The beverage prepared from curd is blended with ingredients like ginger, cumin powder, salt, mint, green chilies is palatable. The fluid is devoid of sugar but it is filled with nutritional value such as proteins, vitamin B, and carbohydrates.
Studies show that buttermilk is a good source of probiotics that is pivotal to reducing the microbial toxins secreted by harmful microorganisms. Thus, consuming spiced buttermilk prevents tooth decay and gum diseases along with its cooling effects.
2) Coconut Water
Coconut Water – The liquid found in the center of a tender coconut is one of the dental-friendly & hassle-free hydrating agents. Coconut water is loaded with minerals compounds such as antioxidants, nutrients, potassium, and electrolytes. Besides cooling, drinking coconut water replenishes the lost electrolytes in your body.
Drinking coconut water helps eliminate harmful microbes in the mouth, nose, skin, guts, etc. This coolant has a pleasant taste due to its natural sugar. Unlike artificial sweeteners, natural sugar will not hurt your teeth. In simply, coconut water moisturizes your body, prevents bacterial growth in your mouth as well.
3) Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera is well-known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties thereby it is effective in controlling oral bacteria. Hence the gel extracted from this succulent plant is used as an ingredient in oral hygiene products such as toothpaste, mouth sprays, mouthwashes, etc. Aloe Vera juice contains Vitamins A, C, E, calcium, folic acids, antioxidants along other essential mineral compounds.
It means drinking the gooey liquid prepared from aloe Vera gels delivers various oral health benefits as well as refreshing your body.
4) Iced Green Tea
Iced green tea will be the right summer beverage for people who want a caffeine treat. Iced tea and iced coffee that are also prevalent are quite hard on your teeth as they cause discoloration, enamel erosion. However, taking green tea with some ice cubes does not damage your teeth.
It is because green tea is devoid of teeth staining agents but contains antioxidants, catechins, and flavonoids. The combination of these compounds tends to kill harmful oral bacteria, reduce inflammation, and delivers enormous dental benefits.
5) Coconut-Lemon Juice
Coconut-lime juice is easy to make summer drink that helps you to get the health benefits of coconut water and lemon. This hydrating liquid is prepared by combining lemon juice and coconut water in a ratio of 1.5:2. Then add ½ cup of water, ½ tsp grated ginger, ½ tsp honey, and black salt. It indicates this summer beverage is low in sugar so that it would not feed oral bacteria.
Similarly, it is rich in vitamins A, B6, C, iron, potassium, phosphorous, and much more. It helps in restoring the body’s electrolytes and detoxes your body naturally.
6) Watermelon Juice
Watermelon is considered the finest summer fruit for teeth and gums. It is because about 92% of melons are composed of water. Likewise, it has high nutritional value, mineral compounds, antioxidants like lycopene that are pivotal for promoting your dental health.
Hence eating watermelons or consuming the juice prepared by blending the watermelon fleshes is a simple dental-friendly way to moisturize your body.
7) Jaggery Lemonade
Popularly known as Panagam, it is the simplest age-hold lemonade version prevalent in South India because it is widely prepared as a holy offering for Rama Navami. This refreshing drink is packed with electrolytes to neutralize body heat. Moreover, it is loaded with minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium.
The ingredients include dry ginger, lemon, water, holy basil leaves, cardamom powder, and jaggery (for sweet flavor). Jaggery is an unrefined sugar product prepared from palm or sugarcane. It is natural sugar so it will not harm your oral cavity.
8) Low-Sugar Green juice
The healthy beverage is prepared from the juices of green vegetables. No need to say they possess a high amount of minerals and nutritional value. Even though they are available in stores, the vendors mix artificial flavoring agents for better taste. In such cases, there is no difference between the green juice and unhealthy drinks we asked to avoid. Hence it is better to prepare it yourselves.
You can prepare the drink with Celery, Cucumber, Spinach, and Kale extracts. If you want a sweet taste, add a few slices of apple or carrot while blending the green veggies.
When the summer season is in full swing, various summer beverages are available. Despite they are essential to reduce body heat and make you feel like refrigerated, the artificial sweeteners added have some awful effects on your body, especially oral health. It combines with the hot weather to provoke certain teeth problems.
Hence you should aware of healthy summer drinks that do not affect your teeth and gums. We have listed a few drinks that are easy to prepare and easily available. If you know any teeth-friendly, summer drinks, share them with us in the comment section.