As the summer is coming up and the evenings are getting longer, you may be tempted to pull out a beverage for a nice, cool drink in the sun. But don’t make the mistake of drinking a teeth-reckoning alcohol beverage. Make sure you stick to the drinks that’ll keep your teeth in tip top condition.
Here we reveal the best drinks for your teeth and the drinks that can ruin your smile…
Worst drinks for dental health
Whiskey and Coke
If you want to ensure your long-term dental health, steer clear of whiskey and coke. Sodas are extremely bad for your teeth, as they contain acids and sugars that can give you cavities. Cola is a threat to the enamel anyway and when combined with whiskey, the risk of staining your teeth is all the greater.
Cider, however lovely you may find it, is a real danger to your teeth and gums, due to its high level of acid. Drinking too much apple cider can leave your teeth in bad shape, as it could gradually wear away your tooth enamel. Diluting apple cider with water would be better for your oral health, but who’s really going to do that? If you want perfect teeth, we’d advise staying clear from this orchard favourite all together.
Don’t be fooled: Cranberry, although a fruit, has extremely excessive amounts of sugar and studies have shown Ocean Spray brand cranberry juice contains more sugar than a can of coke. Vodka has a drying effect on the mouth, which when consumed in high volumes can be harmful. Saliva protects the teeth from damage, so that glass of Vodka Cranberry poses a double threat to your oral health. Watch out!
Best drinks for dental health
Gin and Tonic
Gin and tonic is a safer alternative to most cocktails as it contains low levels of acid. In addition to this, it’s a clear liquid so it won’t stain your teeth. However, be sure to fill a glass of tin and tonic with ice so as you drink it it’ll water down slightly, further reducing the acid’s presence.
Who doesn’t love a cold beer on a warm summer’s day. Next time, why not opt for a light beer instead? Their low acid levels and high water content make them a safer option than the traditional beer. They are lighter in colour too, massively reducing the risk to surface stains. If you want to hold on to that great smile of yours – light beer is the best bet.
The Spanish sparkling wine cava has a PH level between 3.5 and 4, which means it contains reasonably low levels of acid. It’s a Champagne-like wine that’s a much healthier option for your teeth than other wines and beverages. Most wine is very acidic, so Cava is about as good as it gets.
There you have it, the best and the worst drinks for your teeth. We all want to enjoy the long, relaxing summer nights in pub gardens and parks, over a BBQ or with some friends – I know the rest of the team here at Pure Smiles certainly do – but we don’t want to be nursing cavity ridden mouths full of stained teeth come Autumn, do we? So, a toast to drinks that won’t ruin your teeth.