Beware of These Beverages | San Diego CA 92117
Alcohol consumption is known to be harmful to your health. Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, all of which are present in a lot of popular drinks, have been proven to be harmful to the body. You may not be aware, however, that these beverages can also damage your teeth. The following are a few suggestions for consuming these beverages responsibly.
Energy drinks, juices, and sodas.
The high sugar content of these drinks can negatively affect your health. Their effects on your teeth, however, are less obvious. Prolonged exposure can damage your enamel as well as cause cavities and other dental issues.
Many coffee drinks contain the same amount of sugar as sodas and juices. However, even people who drink their coffee black run the risk of damaging their teeth if they continue to consume it over time. Having too much coffee every day can stain your teeth, although the degree of staining varies from person to person.
Beer, wine, and liquor
While red wine may seem to stain your teeth, there is no difference between all wines and the risk they pose to your teeth. Additionally, darker beers can subsequently stain your teeth over some time depending on how often you consume them. Even though hard liquor itself is generally not a threat to your enamel, the mixers that go along with it can cause serious damage to it.
The Best Way to Protect Your Teeth
The first thing that may come to mind if you drink one of these beverages is to brush your teeth as soon as possible. Unfortunately, brushing your teeth too soon can have the opposite effect. Several of the beverages previously mentioned have a high acid content. Acid can have the effect of softening your enamel, and the pressure you apply when brushing can further contribute to this process. After drinking sugary or acidic drinks, it is recommended that you drink water and wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Additionally, swishing the water around as you drink it will help to gently rinse off the enamel and allow it to harden before brushing.
A healthy diet is just as important for your teeth as it is for the rest of your body. You should follow a routine that includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as professional cleanings twice a year, so moderate consumption of any of these beverages will not negatively impact your oral health. For an appointment at our dental office, please contact us today!