Are Your Beverage Habits Hurting Your Teeth

Are you a coffee or tea person? Do you always have a cold beer with your weekend lunch on the patio? How about a glass of red wine with your dinner? Everything you consume affects the health of your teeth. Drinks that are high in sugar, acidity or colour can all have negative health effects on your teeth. Your daily choices in beverages might be hurting your teeth in the long run.

Coffee and Tea

Coffee and certain teas can leave residue on your teeth that stain them yellow. Coffee contains a substance known as tannins, which breaks down in the water, causing colour compounds to be deposited on your teeth. Teeth are not actually as smooth as they appear to be to the naked eye, they actually have a rough surface that holds onto food and drinks particles, including those staining tannins. As a result, they leave a yellow hue to the tooth enamel that is difficult to remove. 

Beer and Wine

Like many other drinks, beer can contribute to teeth staining. But the main problem with consuming loads of beer is that it can cause enamel loss. So, other than visible damage, beer can also wear away at your tooth’s enamel, causing structural damage, which is permanent. Enamel loss can lead to the exposure of the dark dentin underneath the enamel layer, this is the layer where all those sensitive nerve endings reside. With sensitive teeth, you may have discomfort or even pain when eating foods that are hot or cold. Wine also has similar effects on your teeth. Red wine causes staining and white wine has high acidity. So, if you have the choice, go with red.

Soda

Soda is notoriously known for being especially bad for your teeth because it is full of sugar. Sugar rots teeth when it is not cleaned off properly. Not only that, but it is also high in acid as well. Beverages that are high in sugar and acid together are one of the worst things for the health of your teeth. Many sodas contain citric acid, which makes them taste good, but can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth.

Fruit Juice

Most people think choosing fruit juice over pop is the healthier choice, however, most commercial fruit juices have just as much sugar as pop. In addition to the sugar content, juices are usually concentrated, which means you’re exposing your teeth to more acidity than simply eating fruit in its natural form. To lessen the potential damage, you can consume fruit juice by diluting it in water first. 

If you’re worried about the long-term health of your teeth, contact us at Belman Dental Centre in Toronto and we will be able to help you set up an appointment for a check-up. Annual dental check-ups should be part of your regular health routine. If you are experiencing severe pain or sensitivity, you may want to contact an emergency dentist.

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