I’ve also realized the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day. When it comes to liquids, I generally stick with plain water. Tap water usually has the extra benefit of fluoride. Unsweetened coffee, iced tea and hot tea count as colored water in my book. Recent studies have pretty much dispelled the common belief that these drinks are dehydrating.
This issue's dental trend spotlight takes a look at non-sweetened carbonated water. Carbonation itself doesn’t appear to be harmful when it comes to sparkling water, and drinking carbonated water can be a good source of hydration. Just watch out for those with added sugar or citric acids.
And if you’re over 21 years old, the occasional beer, wine, scotch or other adult beverage can add to a happy, mellow life.