You probably already know that water is the healthiest drink choice you can make. That might not mean you are ready to kick your favorite coffee to the curb, though. In fact, if you feel hopelessly addicted to your daily caffeine habit you might find yourself wondering what all that acidity could be doing to your dental health. While most general dentists agree that some beverages beside water are fine in moderation, there are compelling reasons to be drinking more H20 and less of everything else, both from an overall health standpoint and specifically to protect your smile!
Why Is Acid Bad for Enamel?
The teeth are incredibly strong, yet because of their porous nature, the things you eat and drink can begin to affect both the look and the strength of your teeth’s enamel. Coffee and other acidic beverages can be particularly dangerous, since acid can wear away tooth enamel.
Of course, if you are adding sugar to your beverage, this heightens the risk of dental problems. Because the bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, the more sugar you are consuming, the more likely you are to struggle with decay.
How Can You Protect Your Smile?
The good news it that there are several ways you can help to protect your smile. First, drinking a single cup of coffee relatively quickly, rather than sipping on it for extended time, helps to limit how much time the substance is spending in contact with your teeth. If you have one in the morning before leaving home, you can also brush your teeth afterwards to help mitigate the acidic effect.
Drinking through a straw is a helpful option for cold drinks, like iced coffee or even soda, since it can limit staining. You can also chew a piece of sugar-free gum after your drinks to help freshen your breath and also to help clean teeth between brushings. Drinking water is also important, though. So make sure you’re drinking water throughout the day.
Of course, you will still need to brush and floss daily to prevent tartar buildup. Regular cleanings are also essential to prolonging your oral health, so see the dentist at least twice a year for optimum oral health.
Need a Dental Cleaning?
Are you overdue for a dental cleaning, or other professional dental care? You can call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry on Cypresswood Drive at 832-843-6619 to schedule an appointment. Located in Spring, TX, we also proudly serve the residents of Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities.