Many of us might be aware of the potential damage that certain foods and drinks can have on our teeth, not to mention the weight gain from some of them, but let’s take a closer look at what exactly happens to your teeth when you consume certain popular drinks.
Coffee and Tea
Tannic acids found in coffee and black tea can wear down the enamel and stain your teeth. Adding creamer and sugar to your coffee and tea can also speed up the growth of discoloring bacteria. If it’s too difficult to give up your daily coffee or tea, try to keep your consumption to a minimum of two cups a day or drink green tea instead. Also opt for drinking your coffee in one sitting instead of sipping throughout the day. Be sure to visit your dentist for a bi-annual cleaning. To prevent halitosis (bad breath) that can be associated with drinking coffee, use a tongue scraper after drinking and be sure to drink water throughout the day.
Fruit Juices & Smoothies
Grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges are very high in citric acid and sugar which can cause enamel erosion and tooth decay. Frequent consumption of these fruits as well as their juices can soften and erode enamel, leaving teeth exposed and susceptible to bacteria growth. Smoothies might seem healthy for your body, but they can be damaging to your teeth. Regularly sipping on smoothies and fruit juices throughout the day bathes our teeth in acid that can strip the teeth’s enamel.
Protect your teeth by cutting down on your consumption of fruit juices and smoothies. Be sure to wait an hour after drinking these to brush your teeth. This allows your enamel time to strengthen, as over brushing and brushing immediately after drinking acidic and sugary drinks can be even more harmful to tooth enamel.
Soda contains sugar, acids and carbonation, all of which are bad for teeth. Frequent consumption of soda and carbonated drinks can lead to tooth erosion and decay. Even diet soda contains acids that can damage teeth and weaken enamel. Since children and teens have tooth enamel that isn’t fully developed, their teeth are the most susceptible. To avoid damage to your teeth, avoid sodas and carbonated drinks as much as possible. Limit your consumption to just one 12oz can a day and be sure to drink plenty of water. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and don’t forget to visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups.