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Have you been told that some drinks are better for your teeth than others are? Do you know what benefits or risks are associated with certain beverages? For instance, do you know what drinks could cause tooth decay and gum disease or which drinks can help you prevent them?

When you think of milk being good for your smile, do you assume it’s because the calcium in milk will strengthen your teeth? While it’s true that calcium is good for your smile, milk can also work against sugar, bacteria, and acids. Put simply, milk can protect your teeth from decay.

Water is another healthy drink. In fact, water and milk share many of the same benefits, but water often contains fluoride. Fluoride is also useful for restoring and strengthening your teeth.

Finally, unsweetened tea can help you fight bacteria, prevent plaque formation, and keep your gums healthy. Sadly, if you add sweeteners to your tea, you’ll miss out on many of these benefits.

Conversely, did you know that coffee can stain your teeth? Fortunately, adding milk can reduce the staining. Similarly, while wine can be good for your heart, it can also stain your teeth—especially if you choose red wine. However, it can also protect you from gum disease. Similarly, the acids of dark sodas can wear down enamel and promote tooth decay. To make matters worse, if you drink soda cold, your teeth will be more porous, leaving your teeth more susceptible to staining.

If you would like to learn more about the risks and benefits of some drinks, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.