The foods and drinks that we consume play a major role in our oral health. Many foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth are also bad for your health in general. Cutting these out of your diet can result in a great improvement of your oral and overall health. In this post we want to focus on drinks that are to be avoided if you want to keep your teeth white and gums healthy.
Soft drinks are the worst for your teeth and your body as a whole. Soft drinks contain heaps of sugar, which bad mouth bacteria thrive on. It’s not just the sugar though, but also the acidity of carbonated drinks which can lead to tooth decay. While sugary soft drinks are the worst because sugar and acid together greatly contribute to tooth decay, fizzy diet soft drinks are not safe for your teeth either. The acidity of fizzy diet drinks can still lead to tooth enamel erosion.
Wines (both red and white) are acidic and can cause dental erosion just like fizzy drinks. Try to keep it at a few glasses per week at most and make sure to drink plenty of water afterwards to rinse away the acidic wine.
Fruit juices can also damage your teeth. While most of them aren’t as bad as soft drinks, their consumption should still be limited. Fruit juices are acidic and some of them very sugary as well. When you drink fruit juices, try to drink freshly pressed ones, avoiding juices with added sugar.
In order to keep your teeth healthy, make water your staple drink and consider other drinks as “treats.” Drink water after consuming any acidic and/or sugary drinks and brush your teeth 2 – 3 times per day.
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