Our teeth are strong but they are not indestructible! Almost all of the popular drinks on the market are very high in acid, this can cause real damage to the enamel layer on your teeth and once it’s gone it cannot be replaced! Whilst there are treatments available, they will require significant intervention from your St. James dentist.

One of the major consequences of thinning enamel is that the dentine layer underneath starts to show through, if acid erosion takes place for long enough with enough it can wear through the enamel altogether.

Consequences of exposed dentine can include;

  • Yellow coloured teeth – dentine is naturally a darker of yellow shade where enamel is more white. This discolouration has serious cosmetic implications.
  • Dentine is very sensitive – whilst usually protected by the covering of enamel, once exposed can be painful to hot, cold, sweet, acidic or spicy foods. This can have a big impact on what you can eat and drink long term.
  • Dentine is also much softer than enamel, exposed areas are therefore much more susceptible to decay, tooth wear and loss of the tooth surface over time. This will leave your teeth looking smaller and can lead to serious problems if the pattern of wear continues.

We’ve put together a list of the best and worst drinks for acidity as well as some good tips on how best to avoid enamel erosion.

Best drinks

  • Plain water
  • Plain milk
  • Plain tea or coffee (no sugar)

Worst drinks

  • Fruit juices
  • ANYTHING fizzy – including sparkling water!
  • Water with any flavours added
  • Alcohol, the worst being beer and cider, wine is slightly better with Gin coming in as the least acidic

Our advice to help protect your enamel when you do choose to indulge in some of your favourites;

  • Keep these drinks to mealtimes only and limit the frequency with which you are drinking them.
  • Try to always drink through a straw, this way the drink goes straight to the back of the throat and avoids ‘bathing’ all the teeth in the acidic liquid.
  • If you are on the go, where possible buy a canned version of your choice of drink. The tendency will be to drink it all down in one go rather than sipping it all day as you can do with a plastic bottle.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01452 727667.