It is not just consuming sugar that are harmful to your teeth, it is acid as well. Although, something to be mindful of is the more sugar you consume combined with weak oral hygiene, the more likely your mouth will suffer from dental erosion in the form of an acid attack. The calcium and phosphate properties, two ingredients for strong and healthy teeth, become dissolved. This means your teeth is at risk of decay and emergency treatment will be required.
Many drinks contain certain acids. The trouble is these are drinks that you love to consume.
Dangers of Acidic Drinks
- Low Acidic Level – Drinks that are measured with a lower pH demonstrates just how highly acidic our favourite drinks are. With a pH level between 0 and 7, these can wreak havoc on your teeth and enamel.
- Introduces Harmful Bacteria – Another danger in regularly consuming acidic drinks is it introduces harmful bacteria. The liquid sugars are broken using the bacteria to create further acid to damage teeth. When this happens, your teeth are open to experiencing cavity and tooth decay.
- Discolouration – When your enamel erodes, the yellow dentin that’s placed underneath the enamel becomes exposed. The dentin is the layer between the enamel and the tooth that serves as protection from harmful properties to your teeth. When the dentin becomes exposed, your teeth suffer from discolouration. Discolouration consists of dark stubborn stains that form on teeth due to the consumption of sugar and acidic drinks because the dentin and enamel have been exposed.
- Painful Sensitivity – When the underlying dentin becomes exposed, it can also lead to you experiencing painful sensitivity in the mouth. This is what’s known as dentin hypersensitivity. You’ll experience this when you’re biting down on hot and cold foods.
- Alters Your Diet – The oral health issues you experience will require you to change your diet. This means you’ll no longer be able to consume your favourite food and drink. Of course, balanced diet without sugar and acid is hugely beneficial, but if your teeth aren’t in good shape, you may need to avoid your favourite food and drink altogether in favour of a more balanced diet.
The Best Drinks For Your Teeth
Keeping your enamel safe requires you to consume drinks that are at a high pH level. Consuming the following drinks also produces high levels of saliva, which is an important property to fight off bacteria and acid build-up.
- Black coffee
- Black Tea
- Herbal Tea
- Soy Milk
Alcohol, sodas and wine can be consumed in moderation as part of a meal but should not be consumed regularly if you want to keep your teeth and enamel healthy to show off a strong, shiny smile. Your teeth may also be damaged from acid reflux, a medical condition that can cause enamel erosion if it becomes severe. Read here to learn how to control acid reflux.
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