Think Before You Sip: Top 5 Worst Drinks For Your Teeth
Just because some drinks may taste delicious doesn’t mean they’re good for you. As a general rule, what you put into your body is going to be what you get out. Avoid these drinks to keep your smile beautiful and sip your way to a healthier you!
Alcohol, which is used as a drying agent, has the same effect on your mouth every time you take a sip by reducing saliva production. Many alcoholic drinks are extremely high in sugar and create a more acidic environment in your mouth. Next time you think about having a few drinks, make sure you brush for about 20 minutes after the drink to prevent your enamel from softening. The best thing to do to keep your mouth hydrated is drink one glass of water per alcoholic beverage.
If you want a pearly white smile, you’re going to want to cut back on how many cups of joe you’re consuming. Besides staining your teeth, coffee also allows food particles to latch on easier by making your teeth sticky.
While they may taste delicious, juices such as orange or grapefruit can permanently damage the enamel on your teeth. These juices do have other benefits for your health, but as far as your teeth are concerned, moderation is key.
Energy & Sports Drinks
Claiming to give you more energy and focus, these drinks fail to tell you how high in sugar and acid they are. Attacking and thinning your tooth enamel, these drinks will leave your teeth more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.
Soda is the most significant contributor to tooth decay. The acids and sugars found in these drinks will soften tooth enamel and create a breeding ground for cavities. Your teeth aren’t the only ones suffering though. Drinking excessive amounts of soda has been linked to diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
Protect Your Teeth
Regular dental cleanings can help you be sure that these drinks haven’t already gotten the best of your tooth enamel and overall oral health. At Duffield Dentistry, we offer everything from basic cleanings and checkups to more advanced cosmetic dentistry. Give us a call today at (877) 630-7410 to set up an appointment with Royal Oak dentist, Dr. Larry Duffield.