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Degenerative Drinks: Damaging To More Than Your Teeth

Degenerative Drinks: Damaging To More Than Your Teeth

It is common knowledge that there are a substantial number of drinks on the market that are highly damaging to general dental health. What can be surprising to some however, the far-reaching consequences that over-indulging on these can have not only on your teeth but your entire life.

So how does a drink end up damaging your teeth? There are two key areas; tooth decay caused by sugar, and dental erosion caused by acidity.

Tooth decay is predominantly caused by the bacteria that forms in plaque, leaving a damaging layer over your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque layer are essentially being super charged by feeding on the sugar in sweet drinks, accelerating their damaging effects. The more you drink, the more energy you give these bacteria to attack the enamel on your teeth.

Dental erosion is caused by the high acidity levels found directly in some drinks and foods.  The acidic levels found in these products dangerously drops the pH level in your mouth, causing your natural erosion defences to be weakened. Erosion attacks the tooth even more aggressively than decay, essentially dissolving the protective enamel crystals and exposing the tooth to further damage.

A perfect storm of degeneration happens when the worst offending drinks contain a mixture of both sugar and a high acidity level. Consumption of such drinks can rapidly increase the risk of painful dental issues, leading to the need for extensive, as well as avoidable, dental work.

The Cancer Council of Victoria have released a list of the most sugary drinks currently on the market, showing how our common beverage choices are fuelling the current epidemic of tooth decay in Australia.

Drink Serving size Grams of sugar (per serve) Grams of sugar (per 100ml)
Coca Cola 375ml 40g 10.6g
Coca Cola 600ml 64g 10.6g
Sprite 600ml 61g 10.1g
Fanta 375ml 42g 11.2g
Solo 600ml 72.6g 12.1g
V Energy Drink 500ml 53g 10.6g
Red Bull 250ml 27g 11g
Mother 500ml 52g 10.4g
Gatorade: Fierce Grape flavour 600ml 36g 6g
Powerade: Mountain Blast flavour 600ml 34g 5.7g
Spring Valley Smart Water: Armour flavour 500ml 33g 6.6g
Vitamin Water: Essential flavour 500ml 27g 5.49g
Lipton Ice Tea: Peach flavour 500ml 26.5g 5.3g

Source: http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au/how-much-sugar

Damage to your teeth affects much more than the obvious visual aspects of your health. Any damage to your smile impacts on the way you present yourself to world and your overall self-confidence. Keeping your teeth healthy and protected from damage will help ensure that you never feel uncomfortable to smile.

By limiting your exposure to degenerative drinks as well as committing to a dedicated and consistent oral hygiene routine, you can significantly improve the protection of your teeth. Somerset Dental can effectively advise you on the best drinks to consume in order to avoid these issues. Luckily, we can also provide comprehensive treatments and oral hygiene plans to help combat any existing signs of tooth decay or dental erosion.