Because liquids more easily can get into areas where food can’t, such as into cavities, small fractures and other imperfections, the things people drink most often tend to have the biggest effect on their teeth. Those who drink sugary sodas that also have phosphoric acid are among the worst substances for teeth. Coffee with a lot of sugar added also is bad for teeth but mostly is reserved for adults. But when parents let their children and friends drink sodas and other sugar-laden summertime drinks, the effect on their teeth can be very damaging if those kids also aren’t taught to brush regularly. Ideally, everyone should brush not only after every meal but after every soda, cup of coffee with sugar added and any other soft drink that has sugar, acids or other damaging contents.
Many Juices and Drinks Are Bad for Teeth
The prevalence of high fructose corn syrup has made it very difficult for people to avoid ingesting the destructive sweetener that has caused cavities in nearly every mouth that has had cavities over the past couple decades. Unless it is a diet drink or otherwise specifically indicates it has no sugar or high fructose corn syrup on its ingredients label, just about every drink other than milk and actual juice has the sweetener. And many juices, like orange juice, has so much natural sugar that drinking too much can be bad for the teeth as well as health.
Avoid Acids and Caffeine</h2
Phosphoric acid is a particularly nasty substance that is in many popular cola drinks, like Coke, and has the horrible effect of leaching calcium from the human body. People who drink a lot of soda every day for a number of years, even diet soda, unwittingly drink extremely high amounts of phosphoric acid that weakens their bones and teeth. The acid also eats away at the enamel, making it especially bad for people and especially bad for children to drink regularly.
Do you limit the amount of sugar and soft drinks you and your children have?