Are Your Beverage Choices Damaging Your Teeth
Do you find yourself constantly reaching for another cup of coffee? Or perhaps you love drinking soft drinks throughout the day. When we think of the beverages that we consume daily, our first thought is always about how it may affect our overall health. You may be surprised to learn that the things you drink can impact your oral health too. With the holidays fast approaching, we know that many of our patients are going to be attending parties and events. The holidays are a time for indulging in spirits and sugary drinks that you may not normally consume. It is always wise to consume these types of beverages in moderation.
Beverages that Can Harm Your Teeth
Although the holidays are just around the corner, it is important to think about your beverage choices throughout the year. We know that we have patients who sip on sugary coffee drinks, soft drinks, and seltzer throughout the day. Not only is the sugar content in many beverages concerning, but a number of drinks also have high acid levels, which can be severely damaging to your tooth enamel. Drinks that can be harmful to your oral health include:
- Fruit juice
- Sweetened teas and coffees
- Seltzer and sparkling water
- Soft drinks
- Sports beverages
- Chocolate milk
- Energy drinks
If you want to choose a beverage that is healthy for your teeth, your first choice should always be water. Water is not only beneficial to your overall health, but it can also help cleanse your mouth of lingering bacteria. It helps prevent other concerns, such as dry mouth.
One of the best ways to ensure your beverage choice is not affecting your oral health is to visit us for regular oral hygiene examinations. We will check your teeth and mouth for signs of trouble and recommend treatment if needed. If you are located in the Silverdale, WA area, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!