Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Worst Drinks for Your Teeth

Are you worried that the beverages you're drinking are harming your teeth?  Well, you could be right!  BrightNow.com breaks down the harmful effects of the worst drinks for your teeth:

Unless you only drink water, it is inevitable to keep your teeth completely safe from sugary, acidic and potentially stain-threatening beverages. Although, practicing good oral health care and being aware of what foods and drinks are most dangerous for your teeth will help protect your mouth from daily bacteria buildup and yellowing.

The following drinks and beverage categories are the notorious for being rough on teeth:

•    Coffee – This dark drink is a staple in many people’s daily diets, but can be a culprit when it comes to yellowing teeth. To decrease these effects, try drinking with a straw to avoid direct contact or follow each cup with continuous water consumption. If you feel that your teeth need a whitening boost, consult your dentist to determine if professional services or over the counter products are the right fit for you.
•    Tea – Similar to coffee, this beverage group also has potential staining power, especially black and other dark tea blends. Again, drinking through a straw and being mindful of the level of consumption will help keep teeth shiny and white.
•    Energy and Sports Drinks - This category is probably the worst in terms of sugar levels and acidity, all nightmare ingredients for your teeth. These soda-alternatives can be the most damaging because they attack tooth enamel, which cannot be fixed or replaced. When tooth enamel is worn down, the risk of decay becomes much more serious.
•    Sodas – Carbonated soft drinks also possess higher levels of sugar and acidity, which hurt tooth enamel and can lead to decay and cavities. Though sugar free options are better, the acidity is still a major player in dental issues.

Your teeth will not be ruined with any one of these drinks, but more the long-term exposure is what can lead to serious damage. Using a straw, drinking more water, brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly will help to protect your teeth from sugar buildup and decay. 

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