Healthy Drinks For Healthy Teeth
With the arrival of spring and summer right around the corner, we know that the temperatures are only going to be increasing from here on out. Remaining hydrated is important each and every day, but it is especially important during warm and hot weather. Aside from the weather, the spring and summer also bring the return of many sports and outdoor activities. During strenuous activity, it is important to hydrate and your drink of choice may be a sports beverage. While these drinks may be good at replacing electrolytes lost during vigorous activity, they are usually high in sugar. Oftentimes, we think about the sugary foods that we are consuming and don’t realize that certain beverages are just as unhealthy for your oral health.
In addition to sugar, many of your favorite drinks may be causing additional problems with your oral health. For example, dark-colored beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and cola drinks can cause severe staining on the teeth that can be removed with professional teeth whitening. Acidic beverages can destroy and wear down the enamel, or outer shell, of your teeth. While enjoying one of these drinks on occasion is a special treat, it is best not to drink them every day.
Healthy Drink Choices
This will always be the best choice for your overall and oral health. Water is in no way harmful to your oral health and will only help prevent complications such as dry mouth. Water also helps remove lingering bacteria in the mouth.
This form of water was originally thought to cause harm to the teeth; however, research shows that carbonated water without any added sugar reacts the same on the teeth as regular water. The problem with this beverage begins when sugary flavors or citrus are added.
While not everyone is able to drink milk due to dairy intolerance, it is full of calcium that can help strengthen the teeth and prevent gum disease.
We want to make sure our patients in Bowie, MD and the surrounding area not only get the best dental care possible, but are also informed and educated on how to keep their teeth healthy. Please call our office if you have questions or want more information on how you can achieve great dental health.