You probably know that eating sugar and acidic foods are not the best for your oral health. Drinking supposedly healthy drinks, such as energy or sport’s drinks, even fruit juices, such as lemonade, can cause the worst problems.
Researchers studied these effects over a 13-year-period, with a variety of non-cola and cola drinks, sport’s drinks, commercial lemonade, and bottled iced tea and black tea. After 14 days of soaking human tooth enamel in these drinks, they found a disturbing discovery. The enamel damage caused by non-cola and sport beverages were 3 to 11 times greater than cola-based beverages. In fact, along with lemonade, energy drinks were the worst offenders, since they tend to contain the most amounts of sugar.
Increased sugar intake and acid has the most risk associated with decay. Soft drinks, which contain phosphoric and citric acid, dissolves tooth enamel at a fast rate, resulting in loss of hard tissues from tooth surfaces and erosion. According to the ADA, (American Dental Association) acid in food and drink are a major cause of enamel erosion. Dentists see an increasing number of teens and adults consuming sugar, in the forms of sodas and fruit drinks – not paying much attention to their effects on oral health.
To maintain oral health, Dr. Robert Berkowitz may recommend cutting back on the amount of cola and energy/sport’s drinks, and drinking more alkaline beverage. Water and milk are best, but most people want more variety; so, if you do consume these types of drinks, drinking through a straw is healthier, and limits the amount of sugar and acid on the teeth. Rinsing your mouth with water after drinking sugar-filled colas can also help remove sugar and acid off the teeth.
For more information about sugar and acid and other oral hazards in Anderson, South Carolina, contact Trinity Dental Center for an appointment. You can reach us at 864-642-4630.