October 11, 2022
Whether it’s a blazing summer’s day or a freezing winter’s night, there’s a drink for every occasion. Staying hydrated is great, but some things you drink may be taking a toll on your teeth. Here are three beverages that can negatively affect your oral health.
Soda and Other Bubbly Drinks
Most people are well aware of the effect soda can have on their teeth. Most of them are full of sugar, which feeds the bacteria in our mouths. Those bacteria secrete an acid that erodes enamel. Add in that most sodas are usually acidic themselves, and you have a recipe for pretty severe tooth decay.
However, there is another threat that soda poses. Bubbly drinks contain carbon dioxide, which interacts with saliva to create yet another acid. That means that even sugar-free sodas and sparkling waters can potentially erode teeth.
Booze has a dehydrating effect on the body, which is what causes hangovers. It’s also what leads to the“dry mouth” feeling that can come with drinking. Your body is low on moisture, so it stops producing as much saliva.
The problem is that saliva is usually responsible for sweeping away food particles. Without it, the bacteria in the mouth feast on whatever is left there. If you needed another reason to hydrate when you drink, there you go.
Coffee & Green Tea
Both of these drinks are pretty good for your health. Research shows that they’re rich in antioxidants and can strengthen your immune system. Chemicals in roasted coffee have even been shown to stop bacteria from adhering to your teeth. However, both have the same problem: they can leave stains behind.
Of course, yellow teeth aren’t a health issue in themselves, but many people would prefer to have a brighter smile. In that case, you might try drinking these beverages with a straw. That way you can reap the health benefits, without the yellowing.
At the end of the day, every one of these drinks is fine in moderation, and if accompanied by good dental hygiene. You should be sure to see your dentist for regular cleanings to reduce the damage they do over time as well. You can also try pairing these beverages with plain water, which can wash out your teeth. After all, two drinks are better than one.
About Our Practice
At Arbor Dental Care, we believe the best way to cure a disease is to prevent it. To that end, we offer everything our patients could need to facilitate their oral health. Dr. Jeanelle and Frank Marchese ensure that each patient they see, no matter their age or condition, receives the best care possible. If you have any questions about how to prevent oral health problems, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (630) 969-2310.
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