When it comes to protecting your oral health, it often starts with what we eat each day. Most of us understand that sugary foods are harmful to our teeth; however, have you ever stopped to consider the impact that the beverages you drink might have on your teeth? Many of the drinks you consume can actually damage your smile. Your dentist in Lafayette shares some of the worst culprits.
#1: Sodas and Soft Drinks
Soda is definitely the worst beverage choice for your teeth because it's a triple threat. First, soda contains a lot of sugar, which fuels the bacteria on your teeth that produce the acids that cause tooth decay. Second, soda is very acidic, which leads to enamel erosion and cavities. Last, soda is carbonated, which also contributes to enamel erosion and tooth breakdown.
Yes - it's true that your favorite morning beverage could actually be harming your oral health. Coffee is also highly acidic, and the caffeine it contains can lead to dry mouth, which contributes to bad breath, and issues like tooth decay. Adding sugar to your coffee makes it even more dangerous for your teeth.
#3: Fruit Juices
This surprises most people because fruit juices are usually marketed as "healthy." Unfortunately, fruit juices often contain just as much sugar as soda; and some juices, especially citrus, are high in acids. If you are juicing for health benefits, it is best to wait 30 minutes after finishing your beverage before brushing your teeth. This allows your mouth time to return to a healthy pH balance and protects your teeth from erosion.
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Do you have other questions or concerns about your nutrition or oral health? Drs. Smith and Domingue are here to help! Feel free to contact our office with your questions, or if it's time to arrange your next visit.