5 Ways Drinks Impact Oral Health

5 Ways Drinks Impact Oral Health

When we think of dental health, we think of what we eat, how we clean our teeth, but how often do we consider what we drink? Here are 5 ways drinks impact oral health, and how you can support good dental health by being smart about what we drink.

1. Acid is not your friend

Many drinks have a higher acid content, which eats away at tooth enamel, but can be even worse if they’re sipped throughout the day. Drinks most likely to be full of acid are sodas, fruit juices, fruit punch, and wine. White wine is a tempting choice, as it is less likely to stain teeth than red, but it generally carries a higher acid content, meaning it can be more corrosive on tooth enamel.

2. Sugar sticks around

Drinks high in sugar, such as coffee, soda, fruit juice, fruit punch, can impact oral health by helping to proliferate plaque. Sugar means plaque has plenty to feed on, and plenty of chance to do damage.

3. There are safe ways to indulge

Not everyone can avoid all their favorites all the time. So if you do indulge there are things you can do to mitigate any issues.

Drinking with a straw can help reduce how long or how much acid is on your teeth, bypassing the worst amount of exposure. Sipping on the other hand can increase it, so reach for the straw next time you want to indulge in a sweet soda or frozen coffee.

Eating cheese with wine can also help form a protective coating, reducing the worst of acid’s effects on your teeth while you drink wine. So if you must, a little cheese will taste gorgeous AND be a healthy alternative.

4. Not all drinks are created equal

Although tea can be a much healthier decision, what you put in it can impact oral health as well. Coffee or tea with added sugar runs the risk of encouraging plaque to do their worst. But choosing black tea, or green tea, without the sugar, can help protect your teeth, and minimize any damage added sugar can do.

5. Water is a powerhouse

Although milk, tea, etc are good options for your teeth, the best beverage of choice that has the most effect on oral health is water! Water can impact oral health by keeping the mouth cleaner, more well hydrated, and prevent mouth dryness, which can exacerbate or encourage tooth decay. Reach for the water! It can help keep your teeth strong and healthy!

Call our Southlake Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

Candy and Your Teeth

Candy And Your Teeth

We all know how damaging foods high in sugar can be to our enamel, but what about candy and your teeth? What kinds of candy are healthier? What kinds of candy are more harmful? How can you indulge in your sweet tooth and avoid feeling guilty about what you choose?

Avoid Sticky Sweet Treats

The sticky sweet that make these treats delicious are also what make them more likely to cause cavities. The more they stick to your teeth, the more of a feast the cavity causing bacteria in your mouth will have, producing more plaque, and increasing your risk for decay. Avoid the stickiest of treats if you can, and reach for something a little less cavity friendly.

The World of Chocolate

Chocolate is a healthier choice if you’re looking for something sweet. The darker the better, as the lower sugar content can work in your favor. Another thing about chocolate? It melts at warmer temperatures, reducing the amount left on your teeth over a long period of time. Another tasty treat that is tooth friendly are almonds, which are a match made in heaven with chocolate. Enjoy something sweet without a side of guilt, and enjoy a square or two of rich delicious chocolate instead.

Oral Hygiene After Candy

It is important to give your teeth some breathing room after eating high sugar items, or items that have high acid content, like citrus or strawberries. These things can soften your enamel, so giving your teeth some time to recover from the impact of sugar and acid can help avoid extra wear and tear on your enamel. It seems intuitive to brush your teeth directly after eating items most likely to cause tooth decay, but brushing while the enamel is softened can increase the wear on your teeth by a small amount. If the only time you can brush is right after eating those items, better to brush right then, than to let those sugars and acids sit on your teeth all day or night.

Call our Southlake Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

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