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Drink Guide for Dental Health

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Jun 22, 2016
Drink Guide for Dental Health

Regardless of age, dental hygiene is extremely important because it affects every facet of our individual lives. According to mouthhealthy.org, “your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.”

But not to fret because we have compiled a list of the top best and worst drinks those with tooth sensitivity, bad breath, gum disease, cold sores, or those who just want to maintain their pearly whites will find extremely beneficial.

The Good List

Milk: Milk actually does a body good after all! Dairy products are filled with tons of calcium and vitamin D which help sustain your teeth’s strength and overall health. Not to mention, casein protein, which is found in milk, helps prevent decay by forming a protective layering on the enamel.

Mineral Water: High not only in mineral content but also, calcium, and phosphate that help recondition teeth enamel.

Green/Herbal Tea: As an alternative for coffee lovers, green or herbal teas carry loads of antioxidants without the discoloration of your ivories. Plus, you still get your caffeine fix!

The Not So Good List

Fruit Juices: Steer clear (especially) of orange or lime sugar-filled drinks because they contain a large amount of acid, which can result in an enamel breakdown over an extended period of time.

Coffee/Black Tea: When drinking caffeinated drinks, it is always best to sip through a straw because the darker the beverage the more likely it will stain. Try to elect for a “lighter-colored tea” like green/herbal tea, as previously mentioned.

Soda: This is more than likely the most obvious of them all! It is no secret that the sugar-filled refreshment has a load of acid and food coloring that create both tooth-staining and enamel destruction.

Wine: Many hearts are going to be broken with this one (including mine) because unfortunately, wine is very acidic. As the old saying goes, “where there is a will, there is a way,” and as a solution, invest in some wine wipes. After every few sips of your vino, splash some water around in your mouth or grab a wipe. If you’re a stickler for Pinot Grigio, next time pair it with a few slices of cheese to balance your mouths pH levels.