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12:00 AM 22nd June 2024
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How You Can Prevent Tooth Erosion From These Popular Drinks

 
Image by Christine Sponchia from Pixabay
Image by Christine Sponchia from Pixabay
Dentist Dr Ferakh Hamid from Aesthetique Dental Care sheds light on the popular drinks to avoid and offers expert advice on tooth protection and stain prevention.

Acidic and sugary beverages

Beverages such as lemonade, sports drinks, soda, fruit juices, alcohol, coffee, and tomato juice pose significant risks to dental health due to their high acidity and sugar levels. This can wear down tooth enamel and cause cavities to form, leading to persistent oral health issues.

Alcoholic drinks, for example, are often acidic and contain sugars that can erode enamel and worsen dental problems. From wine and beer to cocktails and mixed drinks, various forms of alcohol can lead to enamel erosion, particularly when mixed with sugary additives.

Even options like wine and beer, though lower in sugar, still have a high acid content, which can jeopardise enamel integrity. It’s wise to drink alcohol in moderation to protect dental health, especially with drinks like mimosas, which combine sugar, acidity, and longer contact with teeth as it is a sipping drink.

Coffee

Mixing the acids in coffee with sugars can make dental problems worse, leading to more cavities and stains. To cut down on these risks, coffee lovers should drink less coffee and take good care of their teeth. This helps keep your enamel strong and your smile bright and healthy.

Tomato juice

Tomato juice, often enjoyed in drinks like Bloody Marys or added to smoothies, offers health benefits but also presents risks for your teeth. While tomatoes are rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants, their acidity and natural sugars can encourage plaque, leading to enamel erosion and dental decay over time. Moderation and proactive dental care are essential to limit these effects.

Expert advice- tooth protection

After having drinks which are high in acidity and sugar, it's important to look after your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to avoid more damage to your enamel, and chew sugar-free gum. These steps can help protect your teeth from the effects of acids and sugars, keeping your mouth healthy and reducing the risk of cavities and enamel erosion.

To prevent teeth stains, a mix of proactive steps and lifestyle changes is effective. Drinking through a straw to reduce contact with teeth, brushing before having dark-coloured beverages, and using water to rinse the mouth afterwards can lessen the impact of staining substances and keep your smile bright and healthy.