Drinks You Should Avoid to Keep Your Oral Health Up
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
When discussing a diet that is healthy for the teeth and gums, we often talk about what you should be drinking. Water gets most of the attention, and you may not focus on which beverages you need to avoid. These drinks should be avoided if you want to keep your oral health in top condition.
Regular soda is bad for the teeth because it contains two major culprits – sugar and acid. Some soda varieties contain more sugar in one bottle than the total recommended daily amount. High acid and sugar content can eat away at the enamel and will eventually lead to cavities.
If you think that your teeth will fare better by drinking diet soda, then think again. Unfortunately, just because this option has less sugar doesn't mean that it is any less acidic. Diet soda is still corrosive to the teeth, and without sugar, it could even become more acidic than regular soda varieties.
It may come as a shock to you that sports drinks – which claim to rehydrate and replenish your body with nutrients – actually contain more sugar that soda. In one serving, a sports drink may have as much as 19g of sugar. Sports drinks contain heightened amounts of sodium, and they can eat away at the tooth enamel.
Citrus Fruit Juices
While fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are high in vitamin C, they can also be damaging to the teeth in other ways. These fruits are acidic, and when concentrated into juice, those acids become even stronger. In fact, a study has found that orange juice can decrease enamel hardness by nearly 84%.
In addition to avoiding some drinks that are potentially dangerous to the teeth, for good oral health, you need to visit our office regularly. Cal us today to set up your next cleaning and evaluation.