Everything that you consume affects your teeth, and drinks are no exception. In fact, certain beverages can cause significant problems for your smile that span far passed slight staining. The wrong drinks can soften tooth enamel, making your teeth more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures and also putting you at risk of tooth decay. Thankfully, your dentist in Springfield has some helpful information on some of your favorite drinks to keep you healthy and smiling.
You may have been told that soda is bad for your waistline, but did you know that it can damage your teeth as well? That’s because it contains high amounts of sugar and acids—the two worst things for your teeth. Some sodas even have more sugar in one bottle than the recommended daily intake of this sweet ingredient. Acids eat away at your enamel, eventually causing tooth decay, cavities, and infection.
Acidic Fruit Juice
You may think that fruit juice is a healthier alternative to soda, but many of these juices contain just as much sugar. Plus, fruit juices tend to be incredibly acidic because most readily available drinks are concentrated. If you think there’s no way you can give up your favorite glass of juice, try a low to no added sugar version. Or, even better, you can start making your own juices to avoid consuming unnecessary sugar.
Sweet Sports Drinks
Thanks to commercials, billboards, and other advertisements, sports drinks are seen as the best way to stay hydrated and ready during all of your physical activity. However, these sugary liquids may actually be doing your teeth more damage than helping them. Some sports drinks are even high in sodium, adding to the overall calorie count of the beverage as well.
Not every beverage is bad for your smile! Water, a borderline magical liquid, contains fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral fights cavities, protects enamel, and it can even help strengthen your smile. Most tap water contains fluoride, making this ingredient ready and available. Water also helps to wash away lingering plaque and food debris after eating. So, instead of sports drinks or soda, pick up some water instead!
Another beverage that you should try to work into your diet is milk. This calcium-rich liquid can help strengthen your teeth and bones. Plus, it contains casein, which is a protein that helps fight tooth decay. And the phosphorous from milk can help repair and strengthen enamel that has been affected by acids.
Are you ready to quench your thirst while taking care of your teeth? Remember this information to protect your smile!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Scott Olson is an experienced dentist with a strong educational background, graduating from the University of Florida Dental School. He has all of the dental services you need to look and feel good. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (417) 823-4900.