Dentist Tips: Rethink Your Sugary Drink
Drinking beverages that are high in sugars and acids not only affect your oral health but your general health as well.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: What Are They?
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are any liquids that are sweetened with various forms of added sugars, such as:
- Brown sugar
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Malt syrup
- Raw sugar
Examples of sugar-sweetened beverages, include:
- Regular soda
- Fruit drinks
- Sports drinks
- Energy drinks
- Sweetened waters
- Coffee and tea beverages with added sugars
So, how much sugar is in your favourite thirst-quenchers?
Coca-Cola (355 ml can) – 39 grams
Mountain Dew (355 ml can) – 47 grams
Rockstar Energy Drink (473 ml can) – 62 grams
Red Bull Energy Drink (245 ml can) – 27 grams
7-Eleven Coca-Cola Big Gulp – 91 grams
7-Eleven Coca-Cola Super Big Gulp – 146 grams
Golden Circle Tropical Fruit (591 ml bottle) – 70 grams
Snapple Lemon Iced Tea (473 ml bottle) – 46 grams
Daily Juice Orange (591 ml bottle) – 48 grams
Nesquik Chocolate Milk (473 ml bottle) – 58 grams
Vita Soy Milk (240 ml) – 18 grams
Mike’s Hard Lemonade (330 ml bottle) – 30 grams
How Tooth Damage Occurs
- Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth that use sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that can dissolve and damage your teeth.
- Sugar-sweetened beverages have sugar levels and drinking these can contribute to tooth decay.
- Regular and ”diet” soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and fruit drinks also have high acid levels that can cause dental erosion.
- Dental erosion occurs when acid sticks onto the teeth and dissolve the outer surfaces of the enamel.
- Regular enamel loss can lead to tooth decay and exposure of the inner parts of the tooth that may cause extreme sensitivity and pain.
- An acid attack usually lasts for around 20 minutes each. Every time you sip an SSB, the acid damage begins all over again.
Fight Dental Decay and Erosion
- Use a straw, so your teeth are less exposed to sugars and/or acids in the drink.
- Drink lots of water, preferably tap water that has been fluoridated, after a sugary and/or acidic drink. this helps rinse out your mouth and dissolve the sugars.
- Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste to protect your teeth. After drinking sugary and/or acidic beverages, don’t brush your teeth immediately. Wait at least one hour for your teeth to recover, and your enamel to reharden before brushing them.
- Do not sip a sugary and/or acidic drink slowly or over a long duration. Doing so exposes your teeth to harmful sugars and acids for longer.
- Never drink sugary and/or acidic drinks before sleeping at night – the liquid will settle in your mouth, coating your teeth with sugar and/or acid and causing a more significant damage.
- Drink lots of water! It has no acid, no sugar – and no kilojoules!
Pay attention to what you put into your mouth. Pick healthy alternatives to sugary drinks. Choose to stay healthy and live well.
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