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Even if you do not live in an area that sees cold temperatures and snow, this is the time of the year when warm drinks are in style. Many people enjoy coffee or tea throughout the year, but this is also the season for hot chocolate and warm cider. With that in mind, we have some tips to keep your teeth in good shape while you enjoy seasonal beverages.

When it comes to drinks like hot chocolate and warm cider, you can opt for brand that contain low sugar, or look for a sugarless variety. You can also try drinking your coffee or tea without sugar. You may also want to skip the lemon in your tea, since lemons contain acid that can harm your teeth. Drink plenty of water when have hot drink. Water is good for your body and your mouth, and can help clean your teeth of any substances that can cause damage. You may also want to try a straw. A straw will limit the amount of contact the drink will have with your teeth.

Of course, the best thing you can do for your teeth is to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once a day. You might also want to brush your teeth after you enjoy your favorite winter beverage. You should also see your dentist at least twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams.

If it is time for your checkup, our dentist, Dr. Andrew Kang & David Cho will be happy to see you. If you live in the Fairless Hill, Pennsylvania, area, and would like to schedule an appointment at Smile Oxford Valley Dental Associates, call 215-949-2929 today. Enjoy the winter holidays with a healthy smile!