Believe it or not, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas, sports drinks, and artificially sweetened juices can be associated with horrible cases of tooth decay. Not to mention, general health concerns are also closely linked to high-consumption of sugary drinks like diabetes and obesity.
Your dentist in Rocky River should be concerned about your overall health, not solely your teeth and gums. Although that’s the area of your body that they specialize in, these two are very closely connected. By highlighting the harmful amounts of sugar and acid in sweetened beverages, hopefully, you will think twice before guzzling your next energy drink.
A Toxic Combination for Your Smile: Sugar and Acid
When growing up, many recall their dentist telling them time and time again, “Stay away from candy!” After all, you don’t want a cavity, right? But did they ever explain in-depth how sugars and acid create one of the most toxic combinations for your teeth? Let’s explore sugar, acid, and the relationship these substances have with your teeth.
Tooth decay occurs when sugar combines with lingering bacteria in your mouth. This produces toxic acid in your mouth that steadily attacks your teeth.
Imagine drinking a super sweet soda along with the acid that’s in your mouth. It makes the acid attack that much worse on your teeth. Even “diet” or “sugar-free” drinks still contain acid that can harm your teeth by penetrating and eroding your tooth enamel.
Drinks to Avoid
Your dentist encourages you to eliminate these drinks from your diet altogether. If you’re wondering whether you should drink a certain soft drink, refer to this chart to see which drinks are the most dangerous to your teeth.
- Coca-Cola—In a serving size of 375ml, there are 40g of sugar.
- Sprite—In serving size of 600ml, there are 61g of sugar.
- Fanta—In a serving size of 375ml, there are 42g of sugar.
Energy and Sports Drinks
- Red Bull—In a serving of 250ml, there are 27g of sugar.
- Gatorade—In a serving of 600ml, there are 36g of sugar.
- Powerade—In a serving of 600ml, there are 34g of sugar.
Fight Tooth Decay with a Family Dentist
A cavity here and there may not seem detrimental to your oral health—but it really is. Especially for children’s teeth. All of the advice about what drinks to avoid should apply to your little ones especially. To avoid tooth decay, you and your family should:
- Drink soft drinks and energy drinks in low moderation, or try to eliminate them altogether.
- If you can, drink through a straw when you have a sugary drink to protect your teeth from the acid.
- Rinse your mouth with water after having a high-sugar drink.
- Protect your teeth by using an ADA certified fluoride toothpaste during your dental hygiene routine.
- Drink fluoride enriched waters.
- Visit your dentist for routine dental appointments.
When’s the last time you visited your dentist for a dental exam and professional cleaning? It may be time to schedule an appointment if it’s been longer than six months. And above else, just drink water before any other beverage! It’s best for your body and your oral health.
Meet Your Dentist
Dr. William L. Eick has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. In that time period, he’s seen plenty of patients that experience dental problems from tooth decay, but has also helped them restore their oral health. If you have a question about your dental health or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eick, call (440) 427-3058.