You know you only have one body – and you take your health seriously because of it. You exercise, you get eight hours of sleep a night, you meditate – but you have one health habit you’re ashamed of: soda. No matter how much you try, you just can’t give up this sweet drink. Perhaps you think that all of the other good you’re doing makes up for this one indulgence, but soda and other sweet beverages actually wreak havoc on your smile. Find out why sugary drinks are bad for your smile and what you can enjoy instead with this info from Comprehensive Dental, your dentist in Lincoln Park, NJ.
Why Are Sugary Beverages So Bad For My Teeth?
Dr. Samir Rana, Dr. Maggie Rana, and Dr. Shanin Ghobadi know that sweetened beverages basically bathe your teeth in sugar constantly. Each time you take a swig, you assault the enamel of your teeth with this tooth-decay causing substance.
What’s particularly bad about sweet liquids is that they penetrate all areas of your mouth. Unlike food, beverages can get into the tight spaces in between teeth and gums – and bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth loss thrives in these areas, especially when given the proper fuel, sugar.
When you drink sweet beverages, you put yourself at risk for cavities, bone loss, and gum disease. The consequences of this tasty treat may be hard to swallow, since it can cause the need for root canal therapy, tooth extractions, and even dentures.
What Sweet Beverages Should I Avoid?
Our team recommends sticking to water as your drink of choice – remember, you should get 8-12 cups a day. You should cut down and try to eliminate the following:
- Sodas (including diet)
- Energy Drinks
- Sports Drinks
- Fruit Juices
- Alcohol (especially mixed drinks that use sugary base mixes)
- Sweet Tea
What Beverages Are Smile Friendly?
If you’re stumped about what you should drink instead of soda or sweet tea, you can switch things up by enjoying the beverages from this list:
- White or Green Tea
- Herbal Teas
- Unsweetened Sparkling Water
- Tap Water
Now that you know why you should avoid sugary beverages, what problems they can cause for your teeth, and what do drink instead, schedule your appointment with Comprehensive Dental today to get more tips on how to keep your smile healthy and bright!