water tooth decayIf you’re serious about keeping your pearly whites looking beautiful, you need to stick to drinking water. We hear a lot about the perils of sugary soft drinks, but the truth is that pretty much anything apart from water will affect the health of your teeth. Fruit juices, although full of beneficial vitamins and fibre, contains lots of natural sugar and are high in acidity. Even drinks like tea, coffee and milk can be detrimental to your dental health.

So why is tea bad for your teeth? Most people love sugar in their tea, and we all know that can lead to the formation of harmful plague and bacteria – but there are other reasons why you might want to avoid tea. Although many kinds of tea have health benefits, some varieties contain substances called tannins that can stain your teeth. Over time, black tea, green tea and even some herbal teas can cause teeth to become discoloured. Moderation is the key here. If you want to keep your teeth white and shiny, stick to one cup of tea a day. And if you enjoy your tea sweet, use a healthy, tooth-kind sweetener like Stevia.

The same story goes for coffee, which can also cause serious staining to your teeth. Worse than that though is that excessive consumption of the caffeine in coffee often interferes with natural saliva production, which can cause dry mouth and lead to tooth decay. This means you shouldn't just limit your intake of coffee, but any caffeine-based drinks, like soft drinks and energy drinks. If you're set on having your morning coffee, make sure you drink a glass of water with it too, which will replenish the fluid that is drawn out of your body by the caffeine.

A lot of people will tell you that milk is good for your teeth – and it certainly is better for your pearly whites than a glass of juice or cola. But milk still contains a high amount of sugar, in the form of lactose. That drink of hot milk before bed (after you’ve already brushed your teeth) can help you relax and get to sleep, but the lactose will coat your teeth, leading to the harmful formation of plaque. As a rule of thumb, you should have your last drink or bite an hour before you go to sleep – and make sure to brush your teeth afterwards.

Research has shown time and again that water is the best drink for dental health. It contains no sugar, no additives and no chemicals. Plus, dehydration is a common cause of tooth decay, so drinking enough water actively prevents tooth problems from occurring. If you’re bored of drinking plain old water, add some healthy sweetness and flavour by adding a couple of drops of SweetDrops Liquid Stevia to your glass.

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