Sugary soft drinks coat your entire mouth with sugary residue, which means bacteria have plenty of new places to breed. Even sugar-free varieties typically contain artificial sweeteners and colors, which can stain your teeth and provide raw material for bacteria to grow and reproduce, contributing to tooth erosion and dental decay over time.
It stains your lips and tablecloths, so it makes sense that it’ll also stain your pearly whites if you drink it frequently. Even white wine can stain teeth if you’re drinking it every day. Plus, alcoholic drinks tend to dry out your mouth, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to reproduce.
Coffee and Tea
One recent study found that coffee stains can be even harder to remove than tobacco stains – so watch out if you’re having more than one cup per day. If you want to see how dark tea stains – even from green tea – can get, try leaving a tea bag in a white cup for a few hours. That’s what’s happening inside your mouth if you drink and don’t brush afterwards. And if you’re drinking coffee or tea with sugar, that can also attract bacteria.
This one might surprise you, but recent studies have found that the sweeteners in sports drinks are just as attractive to bacteria as those in soda. These drinks also contain artificial colors, which may stain your teeth. When it comes to rehydrating after a workout, there’s nothing as safe or as healthy as a nice fresh bottle of water.
(Some) Citrus Juices
Citrus fruit contains acid which can damage tooth enamel – so avoid drinking too much grapefruit and lemon juice, because recent studies have found that these two juices can cause damage to teeth. On the other hand, orange juice is typically less acidic, and it’s often fortified with calcium and vitamin D, which are both very important for keeping your teeth strong. It also contains lots of vitamin C, which helps your body’s immune system fight off infection.
The Worst Drinks For Your Teeth
What you drink – or choose not to drink – can have a major impact on the health of your teeth and gums. When you visit a dentist like me, Dr. Paul Caputo, or any dentist in Palm Harbor, FL, we’ll probably tell you to avoid sugary drinks as much as possible, for the sake of your dental health. But there’s another side to this story, too – some drinks can actually strengthen your teeth, and can even help prevent some dental problems. So next time you reach for a snack or a sip, make sure you know the facts first.
Some drinks can actually help strengthen your teeth, though. Milk provides tooth-strengthening calcium and doesn’t contain anything that’ll stain teeth. And fresh water will help wash away bacteria without introducing any artificial colors or sweeteners into your mouth. Both these drinks are easy on sensitive teeth. Even orange juice, as mentioned above, can help maintain healthy teeth. So take it from me, Dr. Paul Caputo – if you want to avoid an unplanned visit to a Palm Harbor, FL dentist, be careful what you drink.
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