It is not only eating sugary, unhealthy foods that can affect the strength and appearance of your teeth; the liquids you consume on a daily basis can also cause negative dental complications.
Drink More Water
After eating sugary or starchy foods it takes just seven minutes for bacteria to begin feeding off what’s left in your mouth, so drinking water after you eat is a great way to rinse your mouth and remove any harmful particles and debris that remain. Regularly drinking water throughout the day also helps to maintain a healthy oral PH balance and remove residue of substances that have the potential to stain teeth, like coffee, red wine and tea.
If you take medications that cause you to get a dry mouth, this is even more important, as a dry mouth can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease. The fluoride present in tap water also works to help replenish mineral loss in tooth enamel and helps to prevent cavities.
Avoid Acidic and Sugary Drinks
Acidic and sugary drinks like soft drink and fruit drinks are very bad for your teeth. Soft drinks are a major contributing factor to tooth decay, and even the sugar-free diet versions are still highly acidic. Both acids and sugars strip minerals off the teeth and very quickly begin to soften tooth enamel, which then contributes to the formation of cavities.
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First published: 06 November 2014