Water continues to be the best beverage for your overall health — including oral health. Also, as a rule of thumb, many experts recommend drinking water after every meal.
This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.
When bacteria in the mouth break down simple sugars, they produce acids that can erode tooth enamel, opening the door to decay.
Sugary drinks, including soft drinks and fruit drinks, pose a special threat because people tend to sip them, raising acid levels over a long period of time.
And carbonated drinks may make matters worse, since carbonation also increases acidity. Sticky candies are another culprit, because they linger on teeth surfaces.