The Healthy Habit That Is Damaging Your Teeth
Here at Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental, we always encourage our patients to ditch the soda and sugary drinks. Not only are they bad for your general health, but they are also bad for your oral health. Bacteria in the mouth consume sugar from the drink, which then begins to produce acid, and the acid eats away the enamel on your teeth, causing damage and erosion. You know the drill.
Lemons and Limes
Aside from sugar, guess what else produces acid in the mouth? Lemons and limes! Infusing your water with these citrus fruits may do wonders for your general health, but it’s a big no-no for your teeth. Remember this the next time you’re sipping away at this ‘healthy’ drink – acidic mouths cause tooth decay, gum disease, enamel damage, and bad breath.
Fighting Tooth Decay
When it comes to fighting tooth decay and erosion, we recommend our patients drink plain old H2O – it’s hydrating, good for your overall health and doesn’t include any sugar or acid. While it would be ideal if our patients could only drink water, we do understand that this isn’t always a realistic expectation. If you must indulge, use a straw so that teeth are less exposed to the sugar and acid in the drink.
Wondering about how your oral health is holding up? Contact us today and schedule your appointment! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.