At Panama City Smiles, we have everything you need to keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great all through life. In fact, Dr. Patel is so big on preventive dentistry, that you wouldn’t want to partner with anyone else on your oral health.

As part of our prevention program, we regularly feature things in this blog that you can do on your own in the months that fall between your regular cleanings and dental exams.

You may remember that last month we talked about 5 foods that can brighten your smile. Today we want to talk about how you can avoid future problems just by avoiding 5 kinds of beverages.

Keep reading, and then be sure to contact us to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment in our Panama City, FL dentist’s office!

Soda Pop

Save yourself a lot of grief down the road by limiting your soft drink intake. There are a few things to keep in mind with sodas.

A can of regular soda pop contains a crazy amount of sugar, as such, it is not the smartest choice for your teeth. Many sodas also contain caramel and fructose, which is basically sugar that coats and sticks to your teeth. It will also leave stains.

Don’t buy into the diet soda fad either. Even though diet soda doesn’t have “sugar,” per se, all soda is high in acidity. That acid can erode your enamel, making cavities much more likely to appear.

Water is always better!

Tea

Much like Coke and Pepsi, Iced Tea will stain your teeth, over time, if it is a daily habit. Plus, sweet tea is loaded with sugar and isn’t all that healthy for your smile!

Coffee

Coffee may sound great in the early morning hours. But coffee gradually stains your teeth, turning your formerly pearly whites into a dark mess of yellow and brown.

Plus, most coffee drinks have so much sugar in them, they’re as bad for your teeth as a fountain Coke.

Wine, Beer, And Harder Stuff

We know you might like to cut loose and have some fun with friends, the problem with alcoholic drinks is that they really dry out your mouth.

While consuming such concoctions, your mouth won’t make the right amount of saliva, which you will need to help wash away particles of food or drink from your teeth and gums, keeping them safe.

What’s more, some mixed drinks are loaded with sugar making them rather bad for your teeth. Red wine in particular is bad for staining your teeth. Plus, there are other bad decisions that can be made while drinking which could put your oral health in jeopardy.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are really meant to be consumed only after you’ve been sweating a lot. This is why they contain carbohydrates, which is really just another form of sugar.

While Gatorade might not taste as sweet as soda to you, it can still do the same damage to your teeth. During a heavy workout, water is always your best bet.

Come See Dr. Patel Soon!

Ready to take the next step towards a healthier, better-looking smile? Great! Contact Panama City Smiles to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment in Panama City, Florida!