Here at NovaDental, we’re big on preventative care and teeth whitening and we’ve already gone into how your diet influences your oral health. This time around, our team is shining a light on beverages and new teeth whitening tips.
There’s nothing better than a tasty drink to accompany a good meal and we know how important it is to keep ourselves hydrated. Here’s the all-important question though:
Is your favourite, tasty drink having a bad impact on your teeth (not to mention, your overall health)?
You may not really want to read what lies ahead but as they say, knowledge is power and you won’t be surprised to see some of the drinks on this list.
Soft drink – Let’s consider what we know about tooth decay. It thrives in an environment of sugar and acid which pretty much makes soft drink the perfect breeding ground for decay. Calorie-laden, sugar-packed soft drinks are bad news for both your teeth and diet in general. An interesting study was conducted by The Richmond Institute into the most acidic soft drinks available in the US market.
Coffee – You may think more about coffee when thinking about the drinks that stain your teeth but what you might not realise is just how much acid coffee carries. Add sugar into the mix (let’s face it, who doesn’t add at least one teaspoon of sugar into their coffee?) and it’s a real nightmare scenario for your teeth. If you’re one of those people who can’t do without sugar, lessen its strength with milk, refrain from adding sugar and use a straw (we’re sure you’ve seen people doing this).
Sports/energy drinks – If you’re chowing these down like there’s no tomorrow, you really need to be aware of how much caffeine is typically in these sports/energy drinks. Often, in addition to high levels of caffeine, these beverages contain hundreds of calories, a heap of sugar and little (if not any) nutritional value.
Juice – Somewhere along the line, people started believing drinking juice throughout the day was healthy. Sure, a standard glass of orange juice packs Vitamin C and other nutrients but it also boasts high acidic and sugar levels.
Tea – Just like coffee, tea has the potential to stain your teeth, especially the black and other dark blend varieties. Again, drinking tea through a straw helps to minimise its impact. Aside from that, we suggest keeping tabs on how many cups of tea you’re drinking each day.
So, after reading this list, you might be thinking: what can I drink without potentially harming my teeth? Stick with good old fashioned water and milk (in moderation of course), and you’ll be fine!