Avoid Beverages that Promote Tooth Decay

One of the leading reasons for tooth extraction is tooth decay. There are many instances when tooth extraction could have been avoided had there been less severe tooth decay. So, just how can you help prevent tooth decay and tooth extraction? Start by removing tooth decay-inducing beverages from your diet.

Bad Beverages

Soda

Chances are you’ve heard how bad soda is for your health, but do you know just how bad these sugar-infused beverages are for your teeth? Sorry, soda lovers. It’s conclusive – soda is pretty bad for your teeth. “Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss,” reported an oral care industry leader. And parents, be warned. Soda is even worse for kids’ teeth, as their teeth are still developing throughout the early stages of life. When it comes to tooth decay, soda is a big contributor. No kid wants to endure a tooth extraction, so leave soda off of the menu.

Sports Drinks

Many people think of sports drinks as health-promoting beverages. Although there are some good things inside of these drinks, there’s a lot of sugar inside of these beverages, too. Many of them are even more acidic than soda. Sports drinks’ high sugar content also makes them tooth decay offenders. When it comes to sports drinks, try to limit your intake. Next time you’re thirsty after a workout, consider opting for water instead of one of these sugary drinks — your teeth will thank you!

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol causes a reduction in saliva production. The result? A decrease in saliva removes natural buffers against food remnants and acids. The removal of these natural protectants can cause a slew of issues, resulting in anything from tooth decay to an increased chance of mouth and throat cancer. So, needless to say, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol isn’t good for you oral health.

Alcohol, sports drinks, and soda can all promote tooth decay, a leading cause for tooth extraction. Tooth decay can be painful and often results in professional tooth extraction. When it comes to tooth extraction, we’re experts. For a consultation, call Wagner Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists at (262) 634-4646 today — we’ll take excellent care of you.