“Juice may seem like a healthy alternative to soft drinks, but it often contains more sugar than a can of soft drink. Water is a better option.”
2. Lemon water
“Lemons have a very low pH and drinking lemon water daily can cause irreversible damage to teeth. In fact, lemon juice is comparable to the acidity of battery acid. The acidity strips the tooth enamel, causing your teeth to be sensitive and more susceptible to decay. Once the enamel is eroded, it isn’t coming back!”
3. Flavoured 'waters'
“Even sugar-free flavoured waters that are supposedly ‘good for you’ have a pH of 3, which is as low as soft drinks, and can cause acid erosion to the teeth. Always remember to read the labels.”
4. Sports drinks
“Promoted as the go-to drinks for after workouts, sport drinks are high in sugar and have a low pH of 2-7 – 3.1. After exercising, your mouth doesn’t have as much saliva present – which is a natural buffer to sugar and acids - so the sports drink you are consuming can cause major damage to your enamel through erosion, causing tooth decay.”
“Wine is a highly acidic beverage, and most have a pH level of 2.9 – 3.5, which means a mouthful of red or white wine can erode your enamel. While red wine isn’t as acidic as white, red wine is more likely to stain your teeth. The best way to avoid a red smile is to ensure your teeth are plaque free. Routine cleanings with your dentist/hygienist in conjunction with good at-home oral care will keep your teeth sparkling.”
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