Sugary Drinks Bad For Teeth

One of the worst things that you can do for your teeth is to sip a sugary drink all day long.

Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which can also damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip of soda you take.

These ongoing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel. Kids and teens are most susceptible to tooth decay because their tooth enamel is not fully developed.

The good news is that you can avoid tooth decay and other health problems that arise from drinking too many soft drinks, other carbonated beverages, sports drinks, iced and sweet teas and other sweetened liquids (like fruit juices). Limiting your intake, brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist (preferably RIVER VALLEY SMILE CENTER!) regularly will reduce your risk of tooth decay and improve and/or maintain your oral health.

Did you know lack of water is the number one trigger for daytime fatigue? Staying properly hydrated is critical to overall health – and some beverages are better suited for this than others. Most soft drinks contain sugar and caffeine which can actually SPEED UP dehydration. While drinking sports drinks may keep your body hydrated, the ones with sugar can also cause cavities, unfortunately. In addition, non-cola sodas, lemonade and sports drinks can cause significant damage to your teeth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay. So next time you feel tired at work or school, don’t reach for a caffeinated beverage, drink water. It’s good for your body and won’t damage your teeth like soda and other caffeinated beverages.

DO

-Drink sugary drinks in moderation

-Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth

-Swish your mouth out with water after drinking to dilute the acid and sugar if brushing your teeth is not possible.

-Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day)

DON’T

-Sip for extended periods of time

-Drink soda shortly before bedtime

-Brush after meals – wait at least an hour after your last drink or meal before brushing

-Substitute soft drinks, sports drinks or fruit juice for a meal.

Other tips for maintaining a healthy smile:

-Chew sugarless gum

-Visit your dentist regularly

-Brush and floss daily

-Drink fluoridated water and use a fluoride toothpaste

-Read the labels for sugar content