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Could What You Drink be Affecting your Smile?

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Could What You Drink be Affecting your Smile?

We know that foods high in sugar have a negative impact on our oral health, but what about beverages? What you drink can have just as much of a negative impact on your smile as what you eat. And some drinks that are deemed healthy may not be the best choice for oral health. What are the best and worst beverages for your smile? Read on to find out…

What are the worst drinks for my teeth?

  1. Sodas or Soft Drinks

It’s not a shock that this pretty much tops the lists for the unhealthiest beverage in terms of oral health. Highly acidic, sodas can cause damage to enamel quickly. They are also high in sugar so the combination is a one two punch to your oral health.

What if I can’t give it up?

If you can’t give up that fizzy sweet taste, opt for flavoured waters without sugar, carbonated if you must, or try a soda alternative such as Zevia which is sweetened with stevia. According to an article on Healthline.com reviewing beverages that can affect teeth, root beer tested surprisingly well for some reason compared to other sodas having the same effect on teeth as tap water.

  1. Wine

You knew this was coming. Wine is highly acidic which can wear down enamel and breaks down as sugar.

What if I can’t give it up?

Opt for red wine. Believe it or not red wine is less acidic than white making it a better choice. Of course, red wine is notorious for discolouring teeth. If you choose to imbibe rinse your mouth with water afterwards. Still stained? Visit us for a teeth whitening session. Another trick might be to eat some cheese as milk products contain a protein called casein that strengthens enamel and will stop the acids from eroding enamel. Could this be where wine and cheese parties came from?

  1. Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are meant to replace electrolytes and lost sugars after a heavy workout however; most people consuming them aren’t running marathons. Most are high in sugar, colour and sodium making them one of the worst beverage choices for oral health.

  1. Fruit Juices

Many people ask, are juices healthy? Yes and no. Sure, pure fruit juice may have some vitamins but most of us aren’t drinking that kind. Fruit juices are usually higher in sugar than most sodas making them a poor choice for oral health. They are also acidic and cavity causing.

What if I can’t give it up?

Vegetable juices made with alkalinizing greens are a better choice and won’t destroy enamel. Sweeten with carrots for a healthier choice. Chances are children are not going to go for the kale, cucumber combination of juice so if you choose to give them fruit juice try watering it down first or look for a low sugar option like one sweetened with stevia or xylitol.

 

Favourite Caffeinated Brews-Good or Bad?

Is coffee bad for teeth?

We’re putting coffee in the neutral category as it depends on how you take your coffee. If it’s black coffee there are some studies which suggest it might be good for cavity prevention. However coffee, definitely stains teeth and caffeinated beverages are dehydrating which can lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth contributes to tooth decay.

Is tea good for my teeth?

Brewed teas usually have a pH above 5.5, which makes them safer for your enamel and research suggests that drinking green tea could have a positive effect on decay prevention and gum health. Just stick to hot tea. Iced teas are acidic enough to cause damage to your enamel and can contain high levels of sugar.

 

What are the best drinks for preventing cavities?

The best drinks for your teeth are:

  • Milk-Milk is rich in calcium, which can help strengthen teeth and bones and a protein called casein. Casein strengthens your tooth enamel and is a good way to fight tooth decay. Milk also contains phosphorous, (an ingredient in some enamel strengthening toothpastes) which can help repair and strengthen tooth enamel that has dissolved from exposure to acid.
  • Water-Yes, water still tops the list. Free of sugars and acids, it hydrates your body the way nature intended. The other bonus is that if you’re well-hydrated you’re less likely to suffer from dry mouth which can also contribute to tooth decay as mentioned above.

 

A Healthy Drink that May Hurt Your Smile

Is lemon water bad for teeth?

Lemon water is touted as a great way to flush out toxins and acidity out of our bodies. It is an easy way to help our livers work better and can promote good health and weight loss. So, it’s healthy, right? Not for teeth. Though lemons once ingested make the body alkaline, when they hit your teeth the citrus is still very acidic. Drinking it throughout the day as some health experts suggest may be good for your body but wreak havoc on your smile.

How can I drink lemon water without ruining my teeth?

If you’re going to drink lemon water, try drinking it through a straw to minimize your teeth’s exposure to the acids. Rinse your mouth out with water after drinking it, and as with all acidic beverages, never brush your teeth immediately following consumption. Contrary to popular belief this does more damage to the enamel. It is best to rinse with water and then wait to brush.

There you have it the best and worst beverages for your smile. Now that you know some of our tips you can enjoy your favourites in moderation and lessen the possible negative impact they may have. When in doubt, drink H20!