What are the Worst Drinks for Your Teeth
The worst drinks for your teeth are those that pack a double punch: high sugar content and a low pH.
The bacteria that cause dental decay survive on the sugars found in your mouth. When you down a really sugary drink, you’re providing more food for harmful bacteria and subjecting yourself to greater risk of developing a cavity.
Acidity is harmful to your teeth in a different way. Drinks with low pH can erode the protective coating around your teeth called enamel. A weakened enamel will leave your teeth more exposed and more susceptible to dental decay.
At the top of the list for worst drinks for your teeth are the soft drinks that lots of us consume on a regular basis. A can of Coca-Cola, for instance, contains 39 grams of sugar and has a pH of 2.53. By comparison, battery acid has a pH of 1.00 and water is a neutral 7.00.
Not much better for your teeth is Gatorade, with 34 grams of sugar per bottle and a pH of 2.95. Other culprits include Powerade, Sunny Delight, and Grapefruit Juice.
The bottom line is: soda and sports drinks aren’t completely off-limits for people trying to care for their oral health, but they always need to be enjoyed in moderation.
To learn more about caring for your oral health and other dental care tips, contact Tadros Dental today.