Most of us are aware that sugar is harmful to our teeth. Avoiding sugary foods and beverages will help prevent tooth decay, but did you know that some drinks are a double-edged sword for your teeth because of carbonation or high acidity? Let's take a look at what some of the worst beverages for your teeth are and why.
The Culprits for Tooth Decay
- Dark Colas - These are the worst because they combine a triple threat of sugar, acidity, and carbonation, which all work together beautifully to erode tooth enamel.
- Energy Drinks - Typically these beverages are very high in sugar, and some are carbonated.
- Tonic or Sparkling Water - The carbonation that adds that pleasant fizz to your sparkling water contributes to wearing away tooth enamel, especially if you are drinking it every day.
- Fruit Juices - All juices contain sugar, but some citrus juices such as orange juice are also highly acidic.
- White Wine - While red wine is known for staining your teeth, white wine is high in acids.
You might have thought that your fizzy water or fruit juices were a better alternative; however, they still pack a powerful punch when it comes to causing tooth decay and cavities due to sugar and carbonation.
The Offenders for Discoloration
Certain beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine can cause staining and discoloration to your teeth. Can't live without your morning or happy hour favorite? Limit your consumption to one cup of coffee or tea per day, and be sure to brush as soon as you can after drinking them. Using a straw to drink your beverage can also protect against staining.
Choosing water is indeed your best bet, as it not only protects your oral health but also hydrates your body.
If you have other questions about your nutrition or oral health, Dr. Robert Rahm is your family dentist in Chesterfield, MO, and he's happy to answer your questions or discuss your concerns with you.