Popular Holiday Drinks That Are Bad for Your Teeth

December 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 1:34 am

Two cups of eggnog on a wooden tableThe holidays are full of many mouth-watering foods that can increase your risk of cavities. Sweet treats aren’t the only threat to your dental health. Here are 3 popular seasonal drinks you should avoid and what you can do to keep your mouth healthy.

1. Red Wine

Although red wine has its health benefits, it is a recipe for disaster when it comes to your dental health. Its dark color can stain your teeth. It’s also acidic and contains sugar, which can weaken your enamel over time. Your enamel will not grow back once it is lost. 

Not to mention, alcohol causes dehydration, which decreases your production of saliva. A dry mouth encourages oral bacteria growth that can lead to bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. 

If you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, drink it through a straw to limit its contact with your teeth. Brush your teeth about 30 minutes after finishing because your enamel will be weakened temporarily. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

2. Coffee

The holidays get pretty hectic. If you’re relying on more coffee to get through your day, you’re at risk of tooth discoloration. No amount of brushing can reverse tooth stains. If you add sugar or sweeteners to your coffee, it can cause cavities, too. 

Moderate your consumption of coffee and drink it black with no added sweeteners. Drink it through a straw and all at once. Rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth when you’re finished.

3. Eggnog

Eggnog is a delicious winter treat. Unfortunately, it contains a lot of sugar, and you might enjoy adding a splash of alcohol to it. Sugars and alcohol can leave a lasting mark on your smile. It’s better to choose non-alcoholic and sugar-free varieties.

Don’t let the holidays come back to haunt your smile. Good oral hygiene, watching what you eat and drink, and routine dental care will ensure your mouth stays healthy well into the new year.

About Dr. Hagg

Dr. Hagg earned his dental degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and has continued his education regularly in many specialties, like dental implants and CEREC. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (830) 549-6673.

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