It is human instinct to protect our bodies from harm. Our brains send millions of signals throughout our bodies to alert us when danger is present, and we can help protect ourselves by paying attention. Well, what if you are unknowingly making a decision every single day that is negatively impacting the health of your smile?
What you drink plays a huge role in your oral health. Think about it like this: When you want to get your body clean, you take a shower. The warm water rinses away the filth from the day and flushes it down the drain. Well, the exact opposite is true when you sip on a beverage. You are essentially bathing your teeth in whatever beverage you choose.
Water is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is widely available, contains no harmful ingredients, and does wonders for your entire body. Every time you take a sip of water, you are not only hydrating your body, but you are also helping to rinse away food particles and oral bacteria that are lingering inside your mouth.
However, if you frequently choose beverages that are laden with sugar and acids, you are bathing your teeth in harmful liquids that will damage your smile over time. Soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit juice, and alcohol are all delicious – but they are all poor choices for a healthy smile. Sodas, juice, alcohol, and sports drinks all contain high amounts of sugar to make them taste good. The high sugar content leads to damage because oral bacteria thrive off sugar particles. Oral bacteria will congregate in massive numbers when sugar is present inside the mouth. As they collect, they begin producing acids that help them break down the sugar particles. Acids lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Of course, soft drinks, energy drinks, juice, and alcohol also contain their own acidic ingredients. When you drink an acidic beverage that will mix with acids already present inside your mouth, you are literally giving your mouth an acid bath.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, we want to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have been unknowingly hurting your smile through unhealthy beverage choices, we encourage you to drink more water. If your smile is damaged, we have a full menu of treatments to help restore your smile. Contact our practice today.