We all know that the best, most hydrating liquid that you can drink would be water. However, you probably don’t want to drink water at all times. Most of us enjoy other popular beverages throughout the week. If you belong to this majority, it is important that you are aware of the effects that different drinks have on your smile. Read on to learn more from your dentist in Copperas Cove about what your favorite beverages are doing to your teeth.
The way tea affects your teeth depends on the type that you are drinking. Actually, green tea tends to do good for your smile by protecting against cavities, bacteria, and gum disease. Brewed teas don’t tend to have much of a negative impact either. It is when you get into brewed iced teas that your teeth will begin experiencing consequences. This is because popular brands often load their iced tea with added sugar. It can be even more harmful than drinking soda.
Over half of Americans who are over the age of 18 like to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. It gives you the energy you need to get started in the morning and have a productive day. The thing about coffee is that it contains a naturally occurring compound called “tannin.” It is known for its bitter flavors and darker pigments. It can easily bind with protein and minerals which causes staining in the mouth. Coffee is also known to cause bad breath because it sticks to the tongue.
A wholesome, complete breakfast is often topped off with a glass of juice. Even though it comes from fruit, it actually isn’t much better for your smile than drinking soda. This is because most fruit juice is highly concentrated and exposes your teeth to more acid than if you were to eat the fruit in its natural form. This softens the enamel and makes it more vulnerable to decay. In order to reduce the effects that juice has on teeth, it’s recommended that you dilute it with 50% water.
Everyone knows that soda has harmful effects on the body, but a lot of us choose to drink it anyways. It is so destructive for your teeth because it contains high levels of both acid and sugar. The acid in the drink weakens the protective enamel of your teeth and the sugar fuels bacteria growth. This means cavities!
Many of us like to wind down at the end of a busy week with a glass of wine. In fact, when consumed in moderation, wine has shown to have potential benefits for certain parts of your body. Unfortunately, your teeth are not one of them. Red wine contains tannin which is known for staining teeth. White wine is acidic which weakens your enamel and leaves you susceptible to tooth decay.
Before reaching for these popular drinks, remember the effects that they can have on your teeth. Being aware can help you maintain a happy, healthy smile.
About the Practice
At Benchmark Family Dental in Copperas Cove, TX, you have two skilled dentists serving the community through high quality dental care. Dr. Daniel Caraveo earned his DDS from the Baylor College of Dentistry and has been at the practice for ten years. Dr. Gary Pundt obtained his DDS from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California and has sixteen years of experience. For more information on maintaining good oral health or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (254) 547-4866.