Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Effects of Red Wine, White Wine, Soda, and More on Teeth

Effects of Red Wine, White Wine, Soda, and More on Teeth
Here in our dental practice in Silver Spring, MD, we offer a variety of treatments and procedures within cosmetic, restorative and periodontal dentistry. However, some of the procedures our patients need can actually be prevented by avoiding certain foods and drinks that cause discoloration, staining, and increased decay due to the sugar content. It is important that we educate our patients on the effects of red wine, white wine, soda and other sugary drinks on their oral health.
Food and drinks that can cause increased tooth decay, discoloration, and erosion of the enamel include:
  • Wine
  • Dark sodas
  • Tea
  • Sports drinks
  • Sauces like tomato or soy sauce
  • Berries
  • Sweets and sugary snacks
These foods and drinks have a high sugar and acid content, which can damage the enamel of teeth. Some of these beverages, such as tea, can stain the enamel. Patients who still choose to drink wine, soda or tea regularly are encouraged to brush their teeth more often. Even swishing your mouth with plenty of water can help wash some of the acid and sugar from your teeth. Reducing your intake of these food and beverages as much as possible decreases the risk of discoloration that might require regular teeth whitening procedures to restore your smile.
Call our dentist, Dr. David Bishop, at 301-608-9270 to learn more about the effects of drinks and foods on your teeth.

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