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Drink water for a healthy body, sparkling smile

Brought to you by Dr. Charles Branen, Lake Grove Dental - Dentist INSIDER -

LAKE GROVE DENTAL - Dr. Charles BranenEvery February, the American Dental Association celebrates children's dental health.

"Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile" is this year's slogan and it couldn't be more appropriate. Drinking water is healthy not just for your body, but your teeth as well.

Humans have developed a taste for the sweetness of sucrose from sugar cane or sugar beets. Our current consumption of it is unparalleled in human history. Since the 1970's, Americans have consumed an average of 40 gallons of sugary drinks per year, per person. Unfortunately, diet versions of soda are turning out to be no better. Diet sodas are associated with high blood pressure, weight gain and increased risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

Sadly, fruit juice is no substitute for water. Juice lacks the fiber you receive when eating whole fruits. Consuming fruit, according to the British Medical Journal, lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 23 percent, while drinking just one serving of fruit juice every day increases the risk by 21 percent.

So-called "healthy" drinks like vitamin waters and flavored teas are no better. Drinking sports drinks for electrolyte replacement also isn't necessary, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, unless you are sweating profusely and exercising for 60 minutes or more.

Besides the calories, most beverages keep your teeth bathed in a high-acid environment. If you must have that sugary drink once in a while, have it with a meal and be done with it! Make water your go-to beverage. It's free, non-caloric and refreshing!

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