Eating a healthy diet is an important part of maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile! But did you know that drinks can affect the health of your teeth too? Many of us don't pay attention to the beverages we drink and their potentially damaging effects. Here are five of the worst culprits!
Coffee is very acidic, so if you've noticed that your teeth are stained after prolonged coffee drinking, don't think it's just a coincidence. You've seen the stained bottom of a coffee mug; imagine what that's doing to your teeth! And if you tend to drink sugary lattes, know that you are only further increasing your risk for tooth decay.
Soda should only be enjoyed occassionally, if at all! Not only is it acidic, which means that it has the potential to dissolve your tooth enamel, but it also contains sweeteners that do double the damage to your teeth. Regular soda is loaded with cavity-causing sugar that promotes plaque and acid production. And low-sugar diet sodas? Those contain chemicals that are harmful to your overall health, so it's really best just to forgo sodas altogether.
Black tea is acidic and also staining, so try to limit your intake as much as possible. But there is good news! If you're a fan of herbals teas such as peppermint, then you don't need to worry so much about potential damage Mint teas are also great breath fresheners!
It doesn't matter if you like beer, wine, or hard liquor, all alcohol is harmful to your teeth for the same reasons that soda and coffee are. Another reason not to imbibe is that alcohol's high acid content is often linked to oral cancer, among other diseases.
Juicing is popular these days, but don't overdo it! Drinking a lot of juice means that you're continually exposing your teeth to harmful acids and sugars that can pave the way for tooth decay. If you are inclined to have a healthy juice, make sure to drink it with a straw to lessen the likelihood that the juice will come in contact with your teeth.
Drink Water Instead!
If you're looking for a beverage that won't damage your teeth, but can still quench your thirst, look no further than water. Add some berries or some cucumber and mint leaves to enhance the flavor if you want to jazz it up. Upping your water intake will work wonders on your oral health, along with daily brushing and flossing, and at least two routine dental exams per year. We can help you get the healthy, dazzling smile of your dreams here at Stratman Family Dentistry. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.