Many popular drinks like coffee, sodas, and energy drinks include caffeine and high levels of sugar. Most people are aware that sugar is not good for healthy teeth, but caffeine is a bad influence as well. Parents should understand how drink choices could lead to oral health problems.
Drinks can stain teeth
Enamel contains small grooves that can hold particles of food and drink. Dark drinks like coffee or cola can remain in the small spaces and cause yellow teeth.
Be aware of acids
Even though tooth enamel is incredibly strong, it is still no match for ever-present acids. Caffeinated drinks are acidic. Kids’ teeth are naturally more sensitive because newly emerged teeth may not have fully hardened enamel. Children who drink sodas and sports drinks are at a greater risk for cavities and enamel loss than those who do not. Pre-teens and teens drink more coffee than ever before, and coffee shop treats can lead to tooth decay.
Protect the body’s calcium
Caffeine pulls calcium out of teeth and bones. Caffeine is a diuretic, which increases the production of urine. When more urine is produced, greater calcium loss occurs.
In addition, caffeine is addictive. It may be difficult to change your child’s habits if they drink a lot of soda or coffee on a regular basis. Health care professionals recommend that parents remove caffeinated drinks from the house. Prevention of the addiction will benefit the family in many ways. This includes keeping everyone’s teeth white and healthy.