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It is always good to be aware of the foods that you eat, but we often miss a common culprit for cavities: the beverages we drink! Here are some beverages to avoid for healthy teeth.

Citrus-water may seem innocuous, but the extended exposure to acids can cause a lot of problems with your teeth. Drink a lot of plain water, or infuse your water with less acidic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Try blueberry cucumber, or watermelon mint!

Coffee, tea, and red wine can all cause damage to your teeth through leaving unsightly stains. If you drink these beverages regularly, consider a professional teeth-whitening treatment. It is also common to add sweeteners to coffee and tea, which can be bad for your teeth.

Juice, Soda, sports drinks are all filled with sugars. These are bad for your teeth, as they feed the acid-producing bacteria that cause cavities. Reduce or eliminate your use of these drinks for an easier time at maintaining a healthy smile.

It is good to limit alcohol consumption for a number of reasons, but did you know it is also bad for your teeth? Alcohol can dry out your mouth and reduce saliva production over time. This causes problems, as saliva is your body’s natural defense against cavity-causing bacteria.

As you increase your awareness of the beverages you are trying to avoid, be sure to remember to drink a lot of plain water. This will help wash away the damaging acids and sugars and protect your teeth. Fluoridated water, available to 75% of the United States, provides even more protection by providing fluoride, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

For more tooth-healthy dietary tips, call Sylvan S. Stern, DDS at 248-559-0995. Dr. Sylvan Stern and our team will be happy to help you! And if you are in the Southfield, Michigan area, don’t forget to schedule your regular dental appointment!