The Best and Worst Drinks for Your Teeth

Posted on May 09, 2018 by Marcus Davitt

People are always exploring different ways to stay healthy, especially when it comes to their diet. However, too many people focus more on the food than the beverages they are consuming. Certain drinks can stain your teeth and cause problems, leaving your teeth vulnerable. Therefore, it’s important to be just as cautious with your drinks as you are with your meals.

Drinks to Avoid:

  1. Fizzy Drinks

Fizzy drinks contain acid and sugar byproducts which are known for softening your teeth’s enamel, thereby increasing your risk of cavities. Your enamel is the outer layer of your tooth responsible for protecting your teeth from decay, so it’s very important to take good care.

  1. Alcohol

The strength of a lot of alcohol causes your enamel to be worn down. The high sugar content can also lead to periodontal disease; a disease that brings oral infections. And then red wine, despite being high in antioxidants, is likely to cause harsh stains on your teeth.

  1. Coffee

It has been reported that the natural brown colour of coffee can stain your teeth yellow as it exposes the dentin underneath your teeth’s enamel. As well as discolouring your teeth, when adding sugar to coffee it heightens you risk of cavities.

  1. Tea

Tea is great when you focus on the antioxidants and the benefits it offers your body. However, darker blends and black tea and likely to stain your teeth similar to coffee. Some recent studies even suggest that coffee stains your teeth worse.

  1. Sports Drinks

Sports drinks may seem like a great alternative to soda, however, it is believed that the high acid content in many sports drinks can have a more damaging effect on your teeth’s enamel than soda.

But not all drinks are completely bad for your oral health, such as:

  1. Water

A refreshing glass of water is great for your oral health due to no sugars or artificial sweeteners being present to cause tooth decay.

  1. Milk

Milk is best known for being high in calcium, but is also rich in protein and phosphorus and is low is sugar. When combined this is great for building bone in your jaw.

So next time you’re looking for a refreshing beverage, look for one low in sugar and light in colour to reduce the risk of staining, cavities and enamel damage.

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