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Choosing Healthier Drinks: A Checklist

October 23, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. H. Justin Harlow, DDS
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Everyone knows that candy and sugary treats are bad for your teeth. But most people don’t realize how bad some beverages can be for your oral health.

If you want to keep your mouth healthy, your Charlotte, NC dentist will agree that it is probably best to avoid these five drinks:

  1. Soda. Not only do sodas contain cavity-causing sugar but acids are also present that can weaken the tooth’s protective enamel.
  2. Sports drinks. Although often touted as “healthy,” sports drinks are usually loaded with the same sugar and acids that sodas are.
  3. Tea. Tea can be a very soothing drink for the soul but it can stain your teeth. Black tea and other dark teas are particularly staining.
  4. Coffee. A cup of coffee is a great way to start the day, but its properties can be highly staining to teeth. And if you add sugar to your coffee, you have increased the possibility of developing tooth decay.
  5. Alcohol. The sugar content of alcohol can be detrimental to your oral health; the strength of alcoholic drinks can be tough on tooth enamel. If your tastes run toward red wine, those can stain teeth over time.

What are good substitutions for these beverages? Plain old tap water, for one. It might be a bit boring, but it won’t lead to tooth decay. In fact, most municipalities have added fluoride in their water so drinking it might actually protect your teeth from decay.

Milk is another option that is good for your oral health. Not only is it low in sugar, but it full of calcium and protein, both of which are good for your teeth.

Juices that are 100 percent fruit—without added sugar—are another healthy option. But because there is natural sugar in fruit, juice should only be drunk in moderation.

Call Your Steele Creek Dentist

If you have questions about the foods and drinks you should consume for optimal oral health, give your Charlotte, NC dentist a call. Call Harlow Dental today!

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