When you think about what causes cavities, you probably think about eating candy and other sweets. It might surprise you to find out that some of the biggest cavity-causers aren’t related to candy – they’re actually things that we drink. Thinking that we’re drinking something good (or “less bad”) for us may actually be doing harm. Here are 3 common drinks that can literally destroy your healthy teeth.
Diet soda doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better for your teeth than regular soda. Low pH levels and artificial sweeteners still cause damage to your enamel. Don’t drink diet soda more often because you think it’s better for you, because it will still erode your tooth enamel.
You eat healthy, you work out, and you bring your sports drink with you to the gym or to rehydrate after a game. Did you know though, that sports drinks could actually cause more cavities than sodas? It’s true. Unless you’re a professional or Olympic athlete, it might be best to rehydrate with water instead.
A lot of parents put fruit juice in their children’s sippy cups or bottles because they know that juice is a natural drink choice for their child. That being said, it contains natural sugars, which still create an acidic environment inside of the mouth. When your child carries their cup along with them for hours a day, be it filled with milk or juice, they have almost a constant acid exposure. This is a recipe for extensive tooth decay!
The best way to prevent cavities from becoming aggressive is by scheduling a dental exam and check-up every 6 months. Your dentist will take x-rays to see between your teeth, where these types of liquid-induced cavities begin to form.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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