Soda, Tea, and Your Smile

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You’ve probably heard that some drinks are good for your teeth while others can stain or even cause tooth decay. But, do you know more specifically what drinks cause problems and which don’t?

For example, when you think of milk, do you know it’s good for you smile? Do you assume it’s because the calcium in milk will strengthen your teeth? While it’s true that calcium is good for your smile, milk can also work against sugar, bacteria, and acids. Put simply, milk can protect your teeth from decay.

Water is another healthy drink. In fact, water and milk share many of the same benefits, but water often contains fluoride. Fluoride is also useful for restoring and strengthening your teeth.

Finally, unsweetened tea can help you fight bacteria, prevent plaque formation, and keep your gums healthy. Sadly, if you add sweeteners to your tea, you’ll miss out on many of these benefits.

Conversely, did you know that coffee can stain your teeth? Fortunately, adding milk can reduce the staining. Similarly, while wine can be good for your heart, it can also stain your teeth—especially if you choose red wine. However, it can also protect you from gum disease. Similarly, the acids of dark sodas can wear down enamel and promote tooth decay. To make matters worse, if you drink soda cold, your teeth will be more porous, leaving your teeth more susceptible to staining.

If you have questions about other beverages, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.