Think about all the things that touch your teeth everyday. What is on your list? Most people could easily count up 15-20 foods and drink items that they consume each day. Each one of these items has the potential to damage your teeth by depositing harmful acids and sugars on your pearly whites.
The main culprits in the beverage world are dark drinks, sugary drinks and acidic drinks. While you may just think of these drinks as being thirst quenchers or energy boosters, they can actually cause serious oral health problems.
Dark drinks like iced tea and coffee can stain teeth if consumed consistently over a period of time, so you should limit your consumption of these types of beverages, or make sure that you brush your teeth after you drink them. Sugary drinks like soda can lead to tooth decay and soften tooth enamel. Instead of consuming high-sugar drinks, opt for the sugar-free version. And let’s not forget about drinks with high acid content, like fruit juices and energy drinks. While you may think that these are beneficial to your health, they may be eroding your tooth enamel. The mix of sugar and acid combined can wreak havoc on your enamel, weakening your teeth and potentially even leading to more serious problems like tooth loss.
As with most things, moderation is key. Limit your consumption of high sugar and high acid drinks, and remember to brush your teeth regularly to get the harmful stuff off your teeth before it has a chance to do damage. If you can’t brush after drinking, rinsing your mouth with water will also do the trick. Another tip is to use a straw when you drink soda or fruit juice so that you limit the direct contact of the drink with your teeth.
If you have any questions about what you drink and how it affects your smile, please feel free to contact the professionals at DentaLux so that we can answer your questions and help you get the smile you want!