The foods and drinks that you eat every day can affect the overall health of your teeth. We know that it can be difficult to give up sugary (or alcoholic) drinks all together, but it’s important to understand the effects different beverages can have on your teeth.
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Beverages and Your Teeth
Some of the drinks you enjoy might be more harmful to your teeth than you thought. But when it comes to teeth health, it’s important to understand what exactly you’re putting into your mouth.
Soda is a classic, especially if you’re treating yourself to dinner out. But soda can also do some damage to your teeth if you’re not careful — including diet soda. While the sugar in regular sodas can lead to cavities, scientists have found that the overall composition and acidity of all soft drinks can break down the enamel in your teeth.
Coffee is a common morning drink, especially for business people. Obviously, if you add lots of sugar to your morning coffee, you’re exposing your teeth to the risks that come from sugar. But black coffee, while slightly acidic, might actually help your teeth.
A study showed that black coffee (skip the sweetener) can actually help prevent cavities from developing!
When it comes to tea, it depends on what type you drink — and what additives you use. The pH level of your tea is what determines how good it is for your teeth. On the one hand, iced teas have a low pH (the range of 2.5 to 3.5) and are usually loaded with sugar. On the other hand, teas that are higher in pH (above 5.5), like green tea, can actually improve gum health and prevent tooth decay.
Wine & Beer
Indulging in a glass of wine or beer is never a bad thing! Red wine is better for your dental health while white wine is more acidic. Additionally, the hops in beer have been shown to have some positive effects on your health and preventing cavities, but there still isn’t much data on that.
While sparkling water might be water, that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful for your teeth. The pH of sparkling water is between 3 and 4 which can damage your enamel, especially if you’re drinking sparkling water by itself. When you pair it with food, however, you increase the pH in your mouth, making sparkling water less problematic for your teeth.
Most fruit juices are concentrated, which means they have a higher acidity than fruit by itself. On top of that, many fruit juices have sugar added. If you’re worried about your teeth, consider diluting your juice with water.
Find a Family Dental Care Team You Can Trust
We hope that the next time you reach for your favorite drink, you have an understanding of how that drink will affect the overall health of your teeth.
At First Hill Dental Center in Seattle, we know that you can’t avoid all food and drinks that are bad for your teeth. So that’s where brushing, flossing, and routine teeth cleanings come in. Get your next cleaning schedule with our family dental care team and make preventative care your priority!