Our General Dentistry Team Breaks Down the Worst Drinks for Dental Health
In previous blogs, we’ve touched on foods that are terrible for your oral health, so in this blog, we decided to focus specifically on drinks. There are a ton of sugary, teeth-staining drinks out there that are bad for the health and beauty of your teeth. Both our pediatric and general dentistry team knows that sometimes you can’t help but indulge, but try to avoid drinking these drinks for the most part.
Yes, we know, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard us say this, but soda is bad for your teeth – really bad. Now there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself every once in awhile, but if you drink soda on a fairly regular basis, you could be doing real long-term damage. You may be thinking, but what if I drink diet soda with no sugar? Well, although it’s better than regular sugar-packed soda, it’s not much better. The fact is that all soda is highly acidic, which corrodes your tooth enamel. So our pediatric and general dentistry teams recommend you make sure you drink in extreme moderation!
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Sorry, but that Gatorade or Powerade isn’t the best thing to replenish your body after a workout. Although they do replace electrolytes, this isn’t always necessary. Maybe at the pro level, but chances are your workout isn’t dangerously depleting your electrolyte level. Water will do just fine as your recovery drink. Sports drinks are actually counterproductive, as they’re full of sugar. Just like soda, the high level of sugar in these drinks can cause decay and corrosion to your tooth enamel. So next time you have an intense workout, our pediatric and general dentistry teams recommend opting for some veggies and water to help your body recover!
Yep, another drink marketed as healthy actually isn’t very good for you. Sure it gives you a burst of vitamins, but so do a lot of healthy foods. Fruit juices are extremely high in added sugars (noticing a theme yet?), which are highly corrosive to your teeth. Even if your fruit juice has zero sugar added, you’re still getting a ton of natural sugar from the fruit concentrate. So are we saying fruit is bad for you? Absolutely not! But fruit does have natural sugar content, which is multiplied when it’s highly concentrated in juice form. Our pediatric and general dentistry teams recommend opting for just eating fruit plain when you’re in need of a fruit fix.
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Sometimes you want to have a soda or sugary drink, and that’s fine, but it’s important to not make a habit of it. It’s also important to get your cleanings to undo any damage that you may have done in the past. Our pediatric and general dentistry teams are happy to help you with keeping your oral health at an optimum level. Contact Parkcrest Dental Group today to schedule an appointment, or continue browsing our website to learn more about all of our services.