Keeping your smile bright and healthy involves several factors. Consistent daily brushing and flossing are essential, as are regular visits to your dentist every six months. You also have to consider, however, the food and drinks you consume each day. Certain beverages can be detrimental to the health of your smile, and some of them may surprise you. Here's what your cosmetic dentist in Toronto has to say about the worst drinks for your teeth.
Beverages that Contribute to Tooth Decay
Most of us understand that sugary drinks are bad for our teeth; however, did you know that acidic drinks such as coffee also eat away at tooth enamel? When you have the double whammy of sugar and acidity, it presents a terrible combination for your teeth.
Watch out for:
- Dark colas and sodas
- Power and energy drinks
- Citrus fruit juices
Juice may seem surprising since it is usually considered a healthy alternative to other drinks. However, orange juice for example, which is high in both sugar and acids can accelerate enamel erosion. If you juice regularly, wait half an hour after drinking your beverage to let the pH level in your mouth return to normal, and then brush your teeth to reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Drinks That Cause Staining
Did you know that your favorite daily beverages such as coffee and black tea could be staining your teeth and dulling your smile?
And don't forget about your happy hour favorite - red wine. Red wine contains "chromogens," which produce pigment and adhere to tooth enamel to cause staining.
Even white wine is highly acidic and can contribute to enamel erosion.
We're not suggesting that you stop drinking all of these beverages entirely; however, being aware of their effects on your teeth can help you make sound decisions about how much you choose to drink, and it may remind you to reach for your toothbrush when necessary.
If you have questions, please contact your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental.