It’s not sugar alone that affects the health and appearance of your smile. Acid is the real culprit when it comes to eroding enamel. Even more than candy or sweets, certain drinks pose a big threat to your pearly whites. Here are a few beverages that might be causing your smile trouble.
Soda – Regular or Diet
It’s not just sugary soda that you should consume with caution. Diet sodas are often as or more acidic than their regular counterparts. If you do drink soda, remember that darker ones will stain your teeth more dramatically and you should wait at least 30 minutes after you finish your soda to brush your teeth so the pH returns to normal.
Red Wine, White Wine, or Prosecco
The news lately has been all about prosecco and the damage it does to teeth. It’s starting to irritate the Italians because it is cutting into their sales. It really is unfair to single out prosecco as the worst wine because they can all cause damage. Red wine will expose teeth to acid and leave stains due to the deep pigmentation. Certain white wines are often more acidic; sauvignon blanc is a common offender and even light-colored wines can leave pigments on teeth.
Coffee and Black Tea
Coffee and strong black tea have similar effects on enamel. They lower the pH of the mouth, making the environment more acidic. If you don’t believe tea is staining your teeth, place your tea bag on a paper towel and see what happens.
One overlooked beverage that might be the worst of all are the energy drinks that have taken over the cooler in the last decade. Acid, sugar, and herbal additives impact the health of the mouth by softening enamel and blasting the teeth with sugar all in the form of a “healthy” drink.
Dr. Shane Ruggless is a top dentist in the 62704 area and welcomes new patients of all ages. We enjoy sharing information with the Springfield community that can help you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime.