October 14, 2019
Are you one of those people who enjoys a nice glass of wine every night before you go to bed? Maybe you’re the kind of person who needs coffee every morning to get your day started. While it might seem completely harmless, some of your favorite beverages can be wreaking havoc on your pearly whites. To better understand how this is possible, let your dentist in Beaumont explain the negative impact on your teeth and what you can do to prevent a decline in your oral health.
Think Twice Before Taking Another Sip
Do you enjoy the taste of water, or do you prefer a nice, tall glass of Coke? If you frequently choose the latter, it’s likely because you enjoy the sweet taste of soda, but do you know what sugar can do to your teeth? If soda isn’t your guilty pleasure but instead, you prefer another flavorful beverage, find out which ones can be hard on your teeth and maybe have you reaching for that glass of water in the future.
- Wine: Obviously, certain wines (red) are prone to staining your teeth, but did you know that the acidity in white wine can lead to excessive wearing of your teeth, which, in turn, causes tooth discoloration? So, if you want to avoid stains and thinning of your tooth enamel, pass on that next glass of wine.
- Coffee: If caffeine in the mornings is what you need to get going, allow us to suggest an alternative to help wake you up (i.e. exercise, water). Drinking too much coffee, especially with cream and sugar, can result in tooth decay and cavity formation.
- Soda: It doesn’t matter which brand is your favorite, soda is full of sugar and acidity that can cause cavities and thin the enamel. If you want to reach for a carbonated beverage, opt for root beer, as it’s found to be much easier on your teeth than traditional soda.
- Alcohol: When you drink alcohol, what happens? Your mouth typically dries out, causing your salivary glands to stop producing adequate amounts of saliva. This can cause harmful bacteria to develop in your mouth, resulting in decay and disease. If choosing to drink alcohol, make sure you also consume water to keep your mouth and body hydrated.
How to Keep Your Smile Healthy
Water will always be the best choice when consuming a beverage, but trying to limit or avoid some of these tasty drinks can be hard, which is why it’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy in other ways, especially when indulging in food or drinks that aren’t exactly good for your oral health.
Some ways you can keep your smile looking and feeling healthy include:
- Brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing at least once a day
- Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash
- Keeping your regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings
- Drinking your favorite beverages with a straw to eliminate exposure to your teeth
If you struggle to forgo your favorite drink, talk to your dentist about ways you can break these bad habits. While it might not be easy at first, you’ll soon see the benefits of switching to water and enjoying a healthier, more beautiful smile in the long run.
About the Practice
At West End Dental Group, we know it can be hard to break bad habits. From smoking to chewing on ice to drinking beverages that can be harmful to your teeth and gums, we know it can be a struggle. However, our team is happy to help you find ways to improve your oral health. Offering high-quality preventive care, we can work to identify problem areas and remove plaque and tartar build-up before it becomes a serious issue. To learn more about the services we offer, contact us at (409) 860-9600.
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