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3 Holiday Drinks to Avoid to Protect Your Teeth

December 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — pacificviewdentalgroup @ 3:38 am

Close up of glass of red wineIt’s not unusual for the holidays to lead to a little extra weight gain because of many mouth-watering foods. However, your dental health can also suffer the effects of the foods and drinks you choose. In addition to sugars and starches, many popular seasonal drinks can affect your oral health. Here are 3 holiday drinks you should avoid and what you can do to keep your mouth healthy.

1. Red Wine

Red wine can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to your dental health. It can stain your teeth. If you’ve ever spilled it on your shirt or a rug, the stain can be impossible to remove. Your teeth aren’t resistant to staining properties. Red wine can lead to tooth discoloration if you aren’t careful. Not to mention, wine contains sugar and is acidic, which can break down your enamel and increase your risk of tooth decay. Wine also contains alcohol, which causes dehydration and decreases your saliva production. A dry mouth encourages harmful oral bacteria growth that can lead to odors, cavities, and infections. 

If you can’t resist a glass of red wine with dinner, brush your teeth beforehand to remove plaque. Dark pigments can cling to plaque, increasing your risk of staining. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and brush your teeth after you finish.

2. Coffee

The holidays are a busy time of the year, which means you may need more coffee to make it through the day. Although coffee can give you a burst of energy, it can also discolor your teeth. If you add sweeteners or sugar to your coffee, you’re exposing your teeth to cavity-causing bacteria frequently. 

It’s best to drink your coffee black and through a straw to limit its contact with your teeth. It is better to drink it all at once instead of sipping it throughout the day. Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after you finish.

3. Eggnog

Eggnog is a creamy, delicious treat. However, it contains sugar, which can erode your enamel. If you enjoy a little alcohol in your eggnog, it puts your dental health at risk even more. It’s better to choose varieties that are non-alcoholic and sugar-free.

You don’t have to worry about hearing any bad news the next time you visit your dentist by watching what you drink. Water is always best to keep your mouth and body healthy.

About Dr. Alexandria N. Arditti

Dr. Arditti achieved her dental degree from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry and has regularly continued her training to provide up-to-date dental services. She strives to improve each patient’s quality of life through good oral health. Book an appointment through her website or call (714) 677-8469.

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