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3 Drinks That Will Wreck Your Oral Health

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Taking good care of your oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing properly. It also means making regular trips to your Lacey, WA dentist. The American Dental Association—and Tranquility Dental Wellness—recommend at least twice each year for examinations and cleanings.

It’s also a good idea to watch what you eat and drink. You might not realize it, but some beverages, in particular, can wreak havoc on your oral health. Here are the top three.

Soda

Not only is soda full of empty calories, but it is high in sugar. Because it is also highly acidic, it offers a double whammy against your good oral health. Fruit juices, even those without added sugar, are not much better. The combination of acid and sugar provides a feast for bacteria in your mouth, making you more susceptible to tooth decay.

Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine

Put simply, coffee and tea—especially black tea—will stain your teeth. Red wine contains a substance called “chromogen,” which can adhere to dental enamel and stain teeth.

Juices from Juicing

Although part of many healthy lifestyles, juicing fruits and vegetables creates a highly acidic mix that can put your teeth at risk of erosion and decay. It’s important to wait at least 30 minutes after drinking these juices before brushing your teeth. This will give your mouth enough time to return to its proper pH balance. Meanwhile, you can simply swish water around your mouth to rinse your teeth.

You might also want to use a straw when drinking these and other acidic liquids. This will help minimize the contact between the beverage and your tooth enamel.

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