People spend a lot of time concerned about their health and appearance. We try to eat the right foods, get some exercise and we avoid various behaviors that can impact our health or affect the way we look. Having good habits in these areas is great, but we often don’t spend enough time thinking about the health of our teeth. Of course, we brush and floss, but we also want to avoid exposing our teeth to certain foods and beverages.
For many people, starting their day without a cup of coffee is unthinkable. It smells good in the morning and it gives you that bit of pep that can help to get you going. Unfortunately, coffee can damage the quality of your smile in a number of ways. The first way that it affects the teeth is the staining. The dark pigments in the coffee can turn your teeth yellow and make for a smile that is less than pleasing. On top of that, most people add sugar to their coffee and this can lead to an increased risk of cavities.
Tea is not quite as bad as coffee when it comes to staining the teeth, but it does have a similar effect. The dark pigments from the tea get into the enamel and it can cause serious staining. Another problem is that just like with coffee, most tea drinkers tend to like a little sugar with their tea. The staining affect will also increase as you get into the darker varieties of tea. The black teas will cause more staining than teas that have lighter pigments.
If you are looking to damage your teeth, then there are few drinks that will help to get you there in the way that soda can. It might taste great, but the sugars and acids will eat away at the enamel on the teeth and drinking a lot of soda is a sure way to find yourself spending a lot of time in the dentist’s chair. In addition to that, if it is a dark soda like cola or root beer, it can also stain the teeth.
Regularly drinking alcoholic beverages will have a damaging effect on your teeth. It doesn’t matter if you like to drink beer, wine or the harder liquors, they can all contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease. The alcohol in these drinks can damage the enamel of the teeth and they all have sugar in them. Along with this, alcohol consumption can slow the production of saliva and this makes the teeth more prone to the damage.
If you enjoy some of these beverages, it is not that you have to give them up altogether. You just need to be aware of the type of damage that they can cause to your teeth and try to limit consumption. Beyond that, if you continue to enjoy foods or beverages that can damage the teeth, it can help to rinse your mouth out or brush when you are done.