You may wonder why your dentist in Columbus always stresses about your diet—especially the drinks you decide to guzzle. The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas, sports drinks, and artificially sweetened juices can be associated with horrible cases of tooth decay and other dental concerns. General health concerns are also closely linked to high-consumption of sugary drinks like diabetes and obesity. Our dental professionals at Creative Smiles are concerned about your overall health, not solely your teeth and gums although that’s the area of your body that we’re specialized in. By highlighting the harmful amounts of sugar and acid in sweetened beverages we’re hoping to encourage our patients to rethink what they’re choosing to put in their bodies.
A Toxic Combination for Your Smile: Sugar and Acid
It’s common for dentists to continuously tell you while growing up to stay away from all the candy. After all, “you don’t want a cavity!” But did they ever explain in-depth how sugars and acid create one of the most toxic combinations for your teeth?
Tooth decay occurs when sugar combines with lingering bacteria in your mouth. This produces toxic acid in your mouth. This acid steadily attacks your teeth along with the acid that’s already in the type of drink you’re enjoying. Even “diet” or “sugar-free” drinks still contain acid that can harm your teeth. If you’re constantly attacking your smile with substantial amounts of sugar and acid, you will weaken your tooth enamel and be susceptible to dental problems like cavities and tooth loss.
Sugary, Acidic Drinks to Stay Away From
Your family dentist in Columbus encourages you to eliminate these drinks from your diet altogether for the improvement of your dental health and overall health. 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.
You Can Fight Tooth Decay!
A cavity here and there may not seem detrimental to your oral helath—but it really is. When your teeth are weak enough to get a cavity, that means that the enamel (the hardest substance that your body can produce to protect your teeth) was worn down enough to cause a dental problem. To avoid tooth decay you 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 Creative Smiles for routine dental appointments.
Our dental experts examine the inner and outer workings of your mouth to catch early signs of tooth decay. We also help prevent cavities with dental sealants if needed and professionally clean your teeth to avoid dangerous, acidic bacteria build-up. When’s the last time you visited our office? Contact us today to book your next appointment.