Keep your smile bright by avoiding sugary beverages that invite tooth decay and enamel erosion. What Happens When Enamel is Worn Away Normally, your saliva promotes a balance in your mouth’s environment. When you drink carbonated drinks, your mouth gets more acidic, saliva can’t keep up its buffering function and more calcium is dissolved than replaced. Because children and young adults have newer and weaker enamel, their teeth are more susceptible to the damage caused by sugary and acidic drinks. When tooth enamel is worn away, teeth become stained and cavity prone. Carbonated Soft Drinks Sugary soft drinks destroy teeth both by causing decay and by erosion. Both diet and regular contain citric and phosphoric acids that wear away tooth enamel. Sports drinks, while seeming like a safer alternative, are also sugary and acidic and may be even more damaging to teeth. Fruit Juice Whole fruit has more fiber, less concentrated sugar and, in some cases, less acid than juices. If you need to drink juice, read labels carefully to make sure it does not contain added sugar. What You Can Do Prevent Damage to Enamel The most obvious way to avoid the damage would be, of course, to avoid drinking sugary beverages altogether. To protect your teeth, drink them with a meal, since exposure time is shorter and food helps neutralize the acids. Use a straw to keep acid and sugar from having too much direct contact with teeth, and swish water around your mouth afterwards. Dr. Nielsen provides preventive care, including protective tooth sealants and annual fluoride treatments. Noble Dental Care is a family oriented dental care clinic with dentists that care about you and your health. Give us the opportunity to give you the smile of your dreams. Call us for an appointment at (480) 820-3515.