We all know that the food we eat can have a significant impact on our health, oral or otherwise. However, drinks often get forgotten. In fact, when it comes to your mouth, it’s the drinks that we consume that are often some ofthe best and worst culprits for tooth health. To shine some light on this subject we’ve taken a look at some of the drinks that have the best – and the worst – effect on your teeth.
If you’re consuming a large volume of sugary drinks then you’re taking a big chance on your tooth health. Acid in your mouth is bad news for your teeth and when you drink sugary drinks bacteria in the mouth convert sugars in those liquids into to acids and these acids then go on to attack your teeth. The result is that enamel is weakened and decay can set in. Some of the worst offenders when it comes to damage causing drinks include:
Coffee – renowned as a drink that will stain your teeth and turn them from pearly white to a yellowy brown. Tea is just as bad.
Citrus juices – although many of us believe fruit juice is ‘healthy’ it’s actually full of acidity and that’s bad for your teeth.
Sports and energy drinks – these drinks are high in sugar and, for the reasons mentioned above, that’s bad for mouth health.
Alcohol – probably the worst offender, alcohol can be full of sugar and will often dehydrate your mouth, withdrawing the saliva that you need to keep bacteria levels down.
Soda pop – anything fizzy that comes in a can will usually have incredibly high levels of sugar that start attacking your teeth from the very first sip.
Some drinks have the opposite effect to those mentioned above, helping to hydrate you and boost saliva levels and doing all that without depositing any harmful sugars in your mouth.
Water – definitely the most angelic of all drinks, especially if you’re drinking fluoridated water. No sugars, no acid and it helps to keep you well hydrated too. Drink frequently throughout the day – be careful to avoid flavoured waters as theses tend to have sugars in.
Milk – calcium rich and sugar free, milk is a great alternative to fizzy drinks and the calcium and phosphorus help to remineralise teeth.
Herbal teas – flavoursome but without the sugar, if you’re looking for a hot brew that won’t damage your teeth there are plenty of varieties available.
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