What you drink can help or harm your teeth
We all live with a vague awareness that sodas and sugary drinks are bad for us. We know that a high sugar intake can lead to diabetes and other illnesses, yet we don’t always make the connection between a high-sugar diet and oral health.
According to one study, sugary drinks aren’t just bad for your teeth: They’re as bad for your teeth as meth or crack. According to one small study, the effects of addictive drugs and addictive sodas are surprisingly similar.
According to an Academy of General Dentistry press release, the three people experienced severe erosion of their tooth enamel, a condition caused by acid. When the enamel is worn away, teeth become more susceptible to cavities and other problems. Diet soda, methamphetamine and crack cocaine are all highly acidic substances, the release notes. (Huffington Post)
Of course, drinking sodas and sugary drinks is not the same as taking serious drugs; however, people who neglect their oral health on either side of that spectrum are likely to see the breakdown of their tooth enamel, leading to compromised oral health.
If you choose to indulge in sugary drinks, there are a few things you can do to limit the harm to your teeth:
- Check the labels on all drinks. Added sugar is not just limited to sodas, but can be found in take-out coffee, iced tea, sports drinks, juices, smoothies and other beverages.
- Try to drink sugary beverages in one sitting rather than sipping steadily throughout the day, which cuts down on the number of times that acids attack your teeth daily.
- Rinse with water after consuming sugary drinks.
- Switch to drinking water after enjoying other beverages.
- Practice good oral health by brushing and flossing regularly, especially after meals.
Finally, remember that regular cleanings and checkups go a long way toward ensuring a long-term healthy smile. Taking care of your teeth well now can decrease hassle and expense down the road.
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