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Diet plays an important role in your oral health. A balanced diet that supplies tooth-friendly vitamins and minerals will strengthen gum tissue and fortify tooth enamel. But what you consume can also harm your teeth if you aren’t careful. Today we want to share with you which drinks to avoid when it comes to your keeping your teeth healthy.

Soda: Sipping carbonated drinks like soda throughout the day feed the oral plaque bacteria in the mouth. Most carbonated beverages, even diet soda, are acidic and harms tooth enamel. If soda is caffeinated, it also dries out the mouth, which is also bad for oral tissues. If you drink caffeinated beverages, be sure to keep hydrated by drinking some water too.

Alcohol: Like caffeine, alcohol dehydrated oral tissues, resulting in dry mouth. If you regularly consume a lot of alcohol, you will end up with reduced saliva production, which sets the stage for tooth decay and other oral infections like gum disease. Not only that, but regularly drinking a lot of alcohol can increase your chances of oral cancer.

Energy drinks: When it comes to sports and energy drinks, they are typically brimming with sugar. If you regularly consume these, read the label on the packaging and choose those that are low in sugar.

Acids: Acidic beverages can erode tooth enamel over time. When that happens, the weakened enamel is vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. Drinking lemon or lime juice in your water can be detrimental, so consider limiting these or drinking them through a straw to limit exposure to the citrus.

When it comes to keeping your teeth safe, water is a safe choice for staying hydrated. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Frederick Prehn, please call us at Prehn Dental Offices in Wausau, Wisconsin today. We can be reached at 715-842-1270.