Do you know which drinks are better for your mouth? The kinds of drinks you consume can have a drastic effect on the health of your mouth.
Drinks that are high in sugar encourage the growth of acid that helps weaken teeth and makes them more susceptible to develop cavities. The following tips come highly recommended by Dr. da Costa to help lower the pH level in your mouth and prevent future cavities:
- Have regularly scheduled professional cleanings, exams, and perform daily brushing and flossing at home.
- Limit not only sugary/carbohydrate containing items in your diet, but also even non-sugar containing acidic beverages (diet soda, coffee, tea, sparkling water, alcohol).
- Consider the acidity (pH) of the dental products you are using. Do they neutralize your mouth? Know your pH. Don’t just brush and floss. . . neutralize!
- Xylitol is a very effective agent for limiting the acids produced by bacteria and comes in a variety of gums, wipes, sprays, rinses, toothpastes, etc.
- Using products with xylitol and an alkaline pH, in conjunction with fluoride, may be the most preventive method.
Keep the pH in your mouth neutral especially after eating and drinking by limiting the amount of sugar you consume throughout the day.