You may be too old for lollipops and juice boxes, but grownup treats could just as bad for your teeth. If you’re in the habit of sipping lattes or coffee with milk, you’re exposing yourself to a type of sugar called lactose.
Similar to the sucrose and fructose found in candy and juice, lactose feeds the same acid-producing oral bacteria that cause tooth decay. And if you’re nursing your latte throughout the day, you’re constantly exposing your teeth to sugar.
So be mindful of your coffee habit. Try to finish your beverage in 15 minutes, and then drink some water to neutralize the acid. Pop some sugar free gum for extra cavity-fighting power, or heck, go ahead and brush your teeth. You can still have your caffeine fix without worrying about cavities later on.