Caffeine Awareness and Your Smile

March 6, 2012

Everyone needs a little energy boost every once in a while. As you sip your caffeinated beverages, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenfield to make sure coffee and soda are not damaging your smile. In honor of Caffeine Awareness Month, let’s evaluate the problems associated with soda.

Sugar and Acid

Soda is very acidic and can erode the outer layer of enamel on your teeth. Erosion makes your teeth weaker and more vulnerable to decay, staining, chipping, and other oral problems. The acidic texture of soft drinks can also dry out your mouth and contribute to bad breath. Additionally, the syrup in sodas has high sugar content. This sugar can stick to your teeth after drinking, and oral bacteria will feed and produce an acid that attacks your teeth. This sugar can contribute to cavities.

Dark Color

Many soft drinks are dark brown or black in color. Over time, your enamel will soak in the liquid and absorb the color. The tannins and color pigments can stain the surface of your teeth and discolor your smile. Coffee, another favorite caffeine provider, has similar effects and often turns teeth yellow or brown. Fortunately, if your caffeinated beverages have discolored your teeth, Dr. Greenfield offers whitening and veneers to brighten your smile.

Body Health

Soft drinks can hurt more than just your smile. Studies have linked soda to an increased risk of chronic kidney disease, heart problems, liver disease, and obesity. Furthermore, the phosphorous and caffeine found in soda can contribute to osteoporosis due to the lack of calcium. The American Dietetic Association says that soda is filled with sugar and calories, and provides no nutritional value to keep your body strong.

When you’re thirsty, water is always the healthiest beverage to drink. Water keeps your mouth moist to rinse away bacteria. If you just can’t give up the soda, limit it to mealtimes only and drink it through a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth. Dr. Greenfield can keep your teeth strong, healthy, and white so your caffeinated drinks won’t destroy your smile. Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, Michigan, at (248) 693-6213 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Lake Orion, Oxford, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, and the surrounding communities.

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