Most of us are aware that sugar causes tooth decay and cavities in our teeth, so it's best to stay away from candy and sugary foods. But have you ever considered the beverages you drink each day? A lot of them are also loaded with sugar, and some may even surprise you!
The Worst Drinks for Your Teeth
To help you make the best decisions for your oral health, we've put together a list of some of the worst drinks for your teeth. If you're aware of what to avoid or limit, you can enjoy better oral health and a brighter smile.
Soda and Soft Drinks
Unfortunately, soft drinks often have lots and lots of sugar, and they're also highly acidic, which presents a double whammy of sorts for your teeth. Sugar fuels the bacteria that cause tooth decay, while acids break down tooth enamel making you more prone to developing cavities. This is the reason soft drinks are so bad for your teeth and why you should avoid them altogether, or at the very least, limit your intake.
Energy or Sports Drinks
Many people think energy drinks are better than soda, partially because they're often seen on the sports field and in gyms. Still, the truth is that these beverages are also high in acids and sugars, which means they are just as capable of wearing away your enamel as soft drinks are. This is why we treat them with the same care when it comes to our oral health.
People are often surprised to hear that fruit juices also present a danger to your teeth since companies typically market them as "healthy." The truth is that many fruit juices do provide necessary vitamins and nutrients. However, fruit juices are also high in sugars, and some fruit juices, like lemonade and orange juice, are highly acidic.
Water Is Your Best Bet
Choosing to drink water throughout the day is really your best choice. Not only will you stay well hydrated, but you'll also protect your teeth and oral health.
If you choose to drink an energy drink or fruit juice every now and then, try to drink water afterward or rinse your mouth with water. This helps wash away the sugar and acids that remain in your mouth after consuming these types of drinks, limiting the exposure your teeth have to endure.
Also, avoid brushing your teeth right after drinking a sugary beverage. While this seems like a good idea, it only spreads the sugar around and actually does more damage to your teeth in the end. Waiting for at least 30 minutes to brush after a sugary treat or beverage allows the pH balance in your mouth to return to normal and makes it safe to brush again without causing damage.
Contact Our Office in Baton Rouge, LA Today!
If you have more questions about your nutrition and oral health, feel free to contact Dr. Palm, your dentist in Baton Rouge, for answers. Our friendly team of dental professionals are here to help you with all your oral health needs, including advice on the best diet for healthy teeth.