We often hear about how a glass of red wine can be good for your health, but it’s nowhere near as good for your teeth. Not only is it acidic, but it also contains tannins and strong pigments that cling to your enamel and stain teeth. Drinking through a straw is a good option to help reduce the staining effect of red wine. Since the straw pulls the liquid straight to the roof of your mouth, it bypasses your teeth and reduces the amount of exposure of your enamel receives from the wine.
The high sugar content in most soft drinks isn’t the only thing you should be worried about – the colouring and acidity are also bad news for your teeth. The dark colour pigments in Colas may yellow teeth over time, and even clear soft drinks can soften and roughen your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to staining. Switching to water flavoured with mint and cucumber slices is a tooth-friendly alternative, although if you must fizzy drinks, try soda water.
Strongly coloured sweets, lollipops, and ice lollies are all bad news for your teeth. The prolonged exposure of the sweet against your teeth means that your teeth will be in contact with any brightly coloured pigments present, increasing your risk for staining. If you’re after a sweet treat, dark chocolate is thought to have an antibacterial effect which fights dental plaque, making it less damaging for your teeth.
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