Your enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It’s even stronger than some metals; however, it isn’t indestructible, and it can’t regenerate. The biggest threat to your enamel is tooth decay. Although cavities are preventable, 91% of adults have had at least one. Not to mention, 25% of adults have untreated decay. Brushing and flossing can combat harmful oral bacteria, but your diet is equally important. Besides limiting surgery foods, dental professionals recommend adding 3 cavity-fighting beverages to your day.
1. Tap Water
Water is important for staying hydrated, but that’s not the only benefit of H20. The water you drink can influence a cavity-free smile if it comes from the right source. If you drink bottled water, you may want to switch to tap. Fluoride is added to public water sources to reduce tooth decay. The naturally occurring element strengthens enamel, which is why it is often referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter.” Research has found that tap water can reduce the risk of decay by 25%.
Drinking a glass of water from the tap will remineralize your enamel to make it less vulnerable to decay, but it can also support a healthy smile in other ways. It will cleanse your mouth in between brushing and flossing to rinse away food particles and bacteria to lessen your risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
Milk is a refreshing, inexpensive beverage that’s loaded with nutrients to keep your body and mouth healthy, like calcium to build strong teeth and bones. It also contains vitamin D to help with calcium absorption and bone growth. Milk strengthens your jawbone to create a strong, healthy foundation for your teeth. It also protects your enamel to make it more resistant to cavities, allowing you to keep your natural teeth for longer.
Although milk is great for your smile, too much of a good thing can increase your risk of decay. Milk contains natural sugars, which can erode your enamel. The recommended daily serving is 1000-1300 micrograms, which is about 2-4 glasses per day.
3. Green Tea
Green tea contains many compounds that can control inflammation and fight bacterial infections. It’s also a great source of antioxidants that support your oral and general health in many ways, like cavity prevention. It lowers the acidity of saliva and dental plaque to protect your enamel from erosion. It also controls bacteria to reduce decay and gum disease.
Support a Cavity-Free Smile
It’s always best to drink tap water whenever possible, but if you need something with a little more flavor, milk and green tea are smile-friendly options. Don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup to ensure your teeth last for a lifetime.
About Dr. Dan Passidomo
Dr. Passidomo earned his dental degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and has completed advanced training in many specialties, like endodontics, infection control, and periodontics. He offers modern services to preserve each patient’s smile. Contact our office today to request an appointment.