Drinks To Avoid If You Want Instagrammable Teeth

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In a time where almost everything is a potential Instagram upload, showing off your sparkling, clean teeth are just as important as ever.

Tabitha Acret, EMS Dental’s Clinical Educator and Dental Hygienist has outlined the 4 drinks that can cause irreversible damage to your teeth.

Wine

Wine is highly acidic with a pH of 2.9 to 3.5. The higher the acidity level the more likely your drink can erode the enamel on your teeth.

According to Dr. Uchenna Akosa from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in the US for all the Pinot Noir lovers out there, there is good and bad news.

The good news is that white wine is more acidic than red wine. The bad news however, is that red wine is more likely to stain your teeth so to avoid this, see your dentist regularly for check-ups to ensure your teeth are plaque free.

Lemon Water

The replenishing beverage adored by many for its inner health benefits is actually one of the most damaging drinks for your teeth. Tabitha Acret has compared lemon juice to be just as acidic as battery acid, so you can imagine how badly it strips enamel and leaves your teeth vulnerable to decay.

Since lemons have a very low pH, the harm to your teeth is almost irreparable. So, say goodbye to your cleansing, morning cup of water and those aesthetic lemon slices and go for a simple and safe plain glass of water.

Juice

Woman drinking juice at the gym.
Juice is loaded with acids that wear away at your teeth.

Bottled juices usually have a high quantity of sugar, just like soft drinks, and can play a harmful role in tooth decay.

According to Colgate, the way it works is that the bacteria that forms plaque on your teeth uses sugar as an energy source to multiply and grow in thickness. The sugar then acts as a glue to stick the plaque to the tooth’s surface.

A better alternative to sugary juices is to eat fruit as a food and drink water to quench your thirst instead.

Energy Drinks

The combination of sugar and caffeine and a pH level of 2.6 to 3, creates the ultimate environment for teeth damage.

Healthline states that essentially the high acidity of the liquid “bathes the enamel and fosters the growth of bacteria”.

Another negative effect of these drinks is that they spike your energy, potentially causing you to grind your teeth and as a result ruin vital tooth structure.

In order to reduce run-ins with these teeth-destroying drinks, find healthier alternatives such as water and go for routine cleanings with your dentist and do your own oral cleaning regularly at home.

This however does not mean using at-home whitening products as these are not as effective as you think.

For example, charcoal toothpaste serves only as a short-term stain removal for teeth.

The main way to get those pearly whites shining again is with the use of some sort of peroxide. Unfortunately, according to Tabitha Acret, at home whitening kits only contain sodium bicarbonate which are “abrasive to the teeth if used too often”.

The best way to have a fresh white smile is to use a whitening solution that a licensed dental professional approves of.

AIRFLOW Dental Spa machine at the beach.
AIRFLOW Dental Spa

Alternatively, if you are terrified of visiting the dentist, there is a ground-breaking, new spa dental treatment that doesn’t involve any sharp tools or uncomfortable pastes and best of all, it’s noise free.

The AIRFLOW Dental Spa is a revolutionary dental experience that uses a “controlled stream of air, warm water and very fine sweet powder onto the tooth and in hard-to-reach areas to dislodge and remove food particles, plaque, discolouration and stain.

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Anisha Rapthi

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Anisha's perfect Friday night consists of playing boardgames and sharing a laugh with her nearest and dearest while devouring some Messina ice-cream. She is passionate about learning from empowering women and can usually be found listening to podcasts, watching videos or reading articles, obsessing over whoever the latest ally is. Like most millennials, her favourite way to wind-down is to grab a yummy snack and binge-watch her favourite Netflix series.

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