Drinks That May Affect Your Smile

Oral_healthMost people are aware that what you eat and drink has a major impact on your oral health. What may be surprising to some, however, is which foods and beverages are in the “naughty” category, and which are in the “nice” category. Here’s a quick review of some of the most common drinks and their affect on your oral health.

Drinks that can pose dental challenges

  • Soda pop – Consuming regular soda creates a situation in which your teeth are being bathed in sugar – which feeds plaque-forming bacteria – at the same time the enamel that would protect them is being worn away by the phosphorous and carbonation in the drink.
  • Energy drinks and bottled teas – In addition to containing a lot of sugar, these drinks also stain your teeth.
  • Black tea and wine – These two drinks are notorious for causing teeth stains. If you choose to consume them, drink them through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth and rinse your mouth with water afterward.
  • Fruit juices – While fresh fruit is a great addition to your diet, fruit juices are a concentrated source of sugar, and some juice brands add extra sugar to the drink.

Drinks that can enhance oral health

  • Water Water is indispensable to oral health. It is an important component of saliva, it can carry away foods and drinks that accelerate the formation of plaque, and fluoridated water can strengthen your tooth enamel.
  • Green teaUnsweetened green tea contains complex compounds called “catechins” that can fight inflammation and control bacterial infections, which are helpful for reducing the impact of plaque and tartar in the mouth.
  • Milk – If you tolerate dairy products well, milk can boost your teeth with a dose of calcium, and most brands contain added Vitamin D, which aids the body in the absorption of calcium.

“You can improve your oral health every time you pour yourself a beverage,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a Phoenix-based cosmetic dentist. “Drinking with dental health in mind can have powerful positive consequences.”





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