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Factors That Affect a Drink’s Impact on Your Teeth 

May 11, 2022

Most people can immediately come up with a list of foods and behaviors that negatively impact their smiles. However, only a few ever really think about how their favorite drinks affect their teeth. A visit to a trusted Lake Worth family dentistry practice can help you determine the factors that influence whether a beverage is safe or harmful to your oral health.

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What Are the Factors That Determine How a Beverage Can Affect Your Teeth?

Acid Levels

A beverage with high levels of acids can wreak havoc on the outer layer of your teeth called the enamel. When the acids attack this hard and protective dental layer, they cause the mineral content on your teeth to wear away. As a result, your teeth will become vulnerable to tooth sensitivity and decay.

Sugar Levels

Consuming drinks high in sugar content can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Although sugar in the beverage won’t directly lead to dental issues, it causes the harmful bacteria in your mouth to produce acid that attacks the enamel. Regular consumption of sweetened drinks and lack of oral hygiene measures such as brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist will eventually cause enamel erosion and tooth decay.

Drying Effect

Besides helping in food digestion, saliva is important for keeping the mouth moist and clean. Additionally, saliva plays a significant role in preventing infection by controlling fungi and bacteria in the mouth.

When the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, the mouth becomes dry, plaque builds up, and the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores, and oral thrush increases. Unfortunately, alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda, can worsen dry mouth because they decrease salivary flow.

The Dyes in the Drinks

Highly-pigmented drinks contain tannins that could leave unsightly stains on your teeth. If you’re looking to brighten and whiten your smile, it’s best to limit your consumption of red wine, dark-colored soda, coffee, and tea.

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