Written By Dr. Kyle Griffith
Wow, I just read a summary compiled from comprehensive studies on the beverages we drink most! As a dental hygienist, I caution my patients about sugary drinks, but this summary addresses more. You might be surprised to find out what's in most sweetened and artificially sweetened drinks and juices. Beverages have a distinctively attractive taste that balances out the sugar in them. Additives that provide tartness and tanginess make your beverages taste good, but they are dangerous for the health of your teeth. What are these additives, you might be wondering? They are various kinds of acids. Yes, acid is added to what you and your children consume regularly.
What could be harmful about acids in your drinks in addition to sugar and artificial sweeteners? It's all about the ph balance in what you are consuming. Ph is the way something is measured as it relates to how acidic it is or how basic it is. A substance is measured on a scale from 1 to 14. Acidic substances have the lowest numbers while more basic ones have higher numbers. For optimal health, we want to maintain a higher ph balance in our bodies. And at acidic levels, tooth structures are very susceptible to erosion and loss of vital minerals necessary for the health of the tooth - ultimately giving way to decay and even tooth loss.
I am sad to say that there are almost no carbonated beverages, soft drinks, sport drinks, fruit juices, or drinks that have an acceptable ph level of more than 4 in them. In fact many of them are very much like drinking lemon juice, which most already know is bad for their teeth and health. Now not only do we have bacteria to battle in our mouths, but also erosive acids which makes for a perfect storm. It's so disappointing to learn this, yet compelling enough to make a person think twice before consuming these beverages. At 58 Dental, we have the comprehensive list of beverages in the office. You can find out if what you are drinking is extremely erosive, erosive, or minimally erosive to your teeth as well as what we can do to help you. We can also discuss the potential for other health complications when excessive acid is introduced into the body. We care about you, so as always, come in and see us so we can be of help to you.
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