You probably know that what you drink shows up on your teeth. Whether it’s black coffee or red wine, you know that your teeth won’t be pearly white after drinking it. But what you probably don’t know is that some drinks actually strip the enamel off your teeth. We’re not just talking staining here, but real damage. Studies show that the biggest culprits are carbonated sodas and sweetened iced teas.
The reason they’re so harmful for your teeth is that they contain flavor additives. These are those unnatural ingredients that give it that taste explosion, and they’re deadly for the health of your teeth. Any soda contains them, as well as some types of canned iced teas. Over years of steady soda drinking, your teeth will lose much of their luster. If you’re a soda drinker, you’re also at a much higher risk for cavities and other dental ailments.
How can you enjoy your favorite beverages and not lose your bright smile? For one thing, you could switch to root beer. It sounds drastic, but root beer has been found to be the least harmful out of all sodas. If changing flavors isn’t your thing, you can try sipping soda through a straw or brush and rinse after each can. It may sound like a bit of hassle, but it can really go a long way to keeping your teeth healthy.
Denver dentist, Dr. Guy Grabiak, advises, “Give up soda completely or save it for a special occasion.”