Beverages such as lemonade and soda are highly popular- especially in the summertime when everyone is hot and feels dehydrated. But what these beverages have in common is that they are high in acidity. What does this mean and why should you care? Today we will be going over what acidic drinks do to your teeth.
What Acidity Does To Your Teeth
Acidity is measured in pH levels. The scale ranges from 0 to 14 with levels below 7 being considered acidic. At a pH level of 6.5, dentin starts to dissolve and at 5.5 pH it starts dissolving enamel (the layer above dentin). To get a grasp of just how much everyday beverages harm your teeth, many sodas fall below the 4 pH range, sometimes going below 2.7 pH. This also includes lemonade, which can have a pH rating of 2.6.
This is the reason dentists will tell you to limit your consumption of such beverages. They do indeed slowly rot your teeth away with excess consumption and poor oral care.
For a beverage that will hydrate and energize, green tea is outside the acidic range and is one of the best beverages for both your teeth and health. You can have it either hot or cold, which makes it versatile all year round and in any situation.
We also recommend the consumption of water to beat dehydration. You will feel great and hydrated throughout the day and if you are used to sugary beverages, we think you'll notice a positive difference! Water is the purest way to quench your thirst and beat the heat. You can even get it fortified with caffeine if you'd like the kick energy drinks provide but without the teeth-destroying properties!
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