Every day we make important dietary decisions that affect our smiles. Have you ever considered, for example, the ways in which various drinks can change your teeth and gums? This short article from our Elmhurst dentists is designed to give you more information about pros and cons of different beverages. Let’s get started…
When reaching for a beverage, the best decision you can make for your smile is to pick up a glass of water. Water refreshes your smile, clears away dental debris, and prompts saliva production. Additionally, water, unlike other options, is not acidic or full of sugar. Another benefit of drinking tap water (at least in the United States) is that it contains fluoride, a mineral that has been shown to aid in the re-mineralization of dental enamel.
You probably already know that soft drinks aren’t great for your whole-body health; well, we’re here to tell you that soft drinks can be just as damaging for your smile. To begin with, sodas as quite acidic, which means that they temporarily weaken and soften dental enamel on contact. Additionally, sodas contain loads of sugar, which in turn feed the harmful oral bacteria in your mouth. This is why we recommend consuming soft drinks in moderation, and in specific periods of time, rather than over the course of a full day.
Many types of juice offer some health benefits, because they contain vitamins and minerals that support our immune systems. However, because juice is both acidic and sugary, it usually isn’t very good for our teeth. When you do consume juice, try to do so in short, time-specific sittings, and get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water when you’re finished.
Coffee & Tea
Many of us start our mornings with steaming mugs of coffee or tea. The good news is that these drinks have been shown to contain immunity-boosting antioxidants. Unfortunately, these drinks can be discoloring, since they contain tannins. Additionally, many patients report dental sensitivity when consuming hot coffee and tea. Finally, many of us add sugar and novel flavorings into these drinks, which can be potentially problematic.
So, there you have it! If you have additional questions about your diet’s effect on your smile, or if you want to schedule a consultation with our helpful team, give our Elmhurst dentists a call to get started!