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pH + Your Teeth: Dental Tips for Wine, Juice & Soft Drink Lovers

When it comes to oral health, most people know that sugar plays a significant role in the development of cavities and tooth decay. However, another risk factor that is often overlooked is the pH level of the beverages we consume. Acidic drinks, while refreshing, can have adverse effects on our teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth sensitivity, cavities, and other dental problems.

Here are our top tips to help you maintain optimal dental health, while still enjoying your favourite drinks:

  1. Avoid frequent sipping: Try to enjoy acidic drinks during meals rather than sipping them throughout the day. This helps minimise the time your teeth are exposed to acids.
  2. Use a straw: When possible, use a straw to drink acidic beverages. This helps direct the liquid to the back of your mouth, reducing the contact it has with your teeth.
  3. Wait before brushing: Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic drinks. Acid softens the enamel, and brushing too soon can contribute to enamel erosion. Instead, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.
  4. Rinse with water: After enjoying an acidic drink, rinse your mouth with water to help neutralise the acids and wash them away. This is especially beneficial if you can’t brush your teeth in a prompt timeframe.
  5. Choose less acidic alternatives: If you’re a fan of acidic drinks, consider opting for lower pH alternatives. For example, choose white wine over red, dilute juice with water, or opt for sparkling water instead of highly acidic soft drinks.
  6. Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly, and attend regular dental check-ups. A strong oral hygiene routine can help mitigate the effects of acidic beverages on your teeth.

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