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Spring Drinks to Avoid for Good Oral Health

Posted on 3/30/2017 by Boeckel
An orange sports drink.
When winter ends and spring begins, many people get out of their hibernation and start to exercise. After exercising when they are good and thirsty, they drink a sports drink to replace the fluid loss. Another great thing about spring is people start to experiment with new drinks using fruits that are in season.

These frequently include fruits high in acidic content like lemon and lime. And then there are the wine coolers and concoctions. So, what's wrong with these drinks?

How Teeth Decay

Tooth decay is a result of bacteria that transforms plaque into tartar. This is a problem in and of itself, but the problem becomes bigger if it can penetrate your tooth enamel. The tooth enamel is a hard, protective covering on your teeth that protects them from bacteria. Once this covering is compromised your teeth are left wide open for tooth decay.

So, What Does That Have to Do With The Drinks?
Drinks that are acidic are culprits in the enamel attack process. Acid on your teeth is terrible for your tooth enamel and frequently when you drink acidic drinks you don't then rinse your mouth with water to remove the acid from your teeth. If you couple that with a lack of saliva due to exercise or allergy medication and you have a perfect storm for the beginning of corrosion.

You're probably wondering why sports drinks were included and the reason is that they are also sugary, as is wine. Between the acid corroding your enamel and the sugar sitting on the newly damaged enamel acting as a vessel for bacteria, you are a sitting duck for a cavity.

We're not saying not to drink this stuff, but if you do take steps to counter their effect. Rinse your mouth or eat a couple of apple slices after you drink sugary or acidic drinks. The apple will reset the PH level and reduce the acidity neutralizing the detrimental effect.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about tooth decay.










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