What These 11 Drinks Do to Your Teeth

1. Wine

When it comes to wine, red is better for dental health, but no variety is necessarily good for your teeth.

2. Beer

While there isn’t a lot of data on how beer affects your teeth, some evidence suggests that it could actually be beneficial.

3. Vodka

Vodka has a pH around 4, but in some cases can be as high as 8. Less expensive brands of vodka tend to have a lower pH, while premium vodkas tend to have a higher pH. With that in mind, many types of vodka are definitely within the range of potential damage. Alcohol also has a drying effect. Saliva is one of the mouth’s natural defenses against damage, so anything over moderate consumption could be harmful.

Other liquors vary widely in terms of pH, but the drying effects are the same, and they’re further compounded because people (usually) sip their drinks slowly, which gives the alcohol more time to do its damage.

4. Water

Water doesn’t really have a net impact on your teeth. If anything, it’s helpful.

In fact, staying well-hydrated increases salivary flow and the flow of protective minerals within the saliva that protect the teeth from decay

5. Sparkling water

It may not look harmful, but looks can be deceiving. Sparkling water tends to have a pH level of between 2.74 and 3.34. This gives it an even greater erosive potential than orange juice.

6. Coffee

Coffee may be slightly acidic (around 5.0 on the pH scale), but there’s some evidence that your morning java could actually be good for your teeth.

Drinking coffee without any additives could help prevent cavities from developing. So if you’re drinking to your dental health, enjoy your coffee, but skip the sweetener.

7. Milk

Numerous components of milk, including proteins and minerals such as calcium, inhibit attachment and growth of many cavity-forming bacteria in your mouth.

With a pH above 6.5, milk is a great choice to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

8. Soda

It isn’t only bad for your waistline! Soft drinks can do a number on your teeth. And while common sense may tell you the sugar-free varieties aren’t so bad. There is no difference in enamel dissolution between diet and regular sodas within the same brand, so sugar content doesn’t really tell the whole story. Acidity and overall composition of the beverage seems to play an important part in breaking down enamel.”

9. Fruit juice

Most fruit juices are concentrated, and as a result expose you to a lot more acid than if you were to eat the fruit in its natural form. Orange juice with a pH of 3.5 isn’t as bad as cranberry, which has a pH of 2.6.

10. Fruit punch

Juice drinks labeled as “fruit punch” are typically not actual juice. They are mostly sugar or high fructose corn syrup. As such, any redeeming qualities found in actual juice are absent in these imitators, and they have additional sugar to worsen dental effects. Also, it turns out the pH of most fruit drinks are under 3, making them a poor choice all around.

11. Tea

What does tea do to your teeth? It depends what kind of tea you’re talking about.

Brewed teas typically have a pH above 5.5, which is out of the danger zone. Green tea may even have positive effects on gum health and decay prevention.

Most iced teas have very low pH, in the range of 2.5 to 3.5, and are loaded with sugar. Some popular brands of brewed iced teas have been shown to be much worse than most sodas.

Published by kellyngocpham

Hygiene Coach at Gentle Dental

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