Is Your Favorite Drink Causing Tooth Decay?

What you put in your mouth can affect not only your waistline, but the health of your teeth and gums as well. It isn't just the food that you eat, but your drinks can also be affecting your teeth as well. Sometimes even healthy drinks can have a negative effect. See below for a list of drinks that can be causing tooth decay.

Orange Juice

Orange juice sounds like it would be a healthy drink; however, depending on the brand, it can have quite a bit of sugar in it. Even the natural sugars in orange juice can be bad for your teeth. It is also very acidic, which can be damaging to your teeth. Acid can erode the enamel on your teeth and can lead to cavities and pits on your teeth.

Carbonated Soda

Carbonated soda is loaded with sugar and acid, both of which are bad for your teeth; however, it doesn't have as much as some juices, shakes and smoothies. 

Flavored Water

Flavored water can have just as much sugar as juice, so don't let water in the name fool you. Pay attention to the sugar in these drinks as well. 

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit smoothies sound healthy, as they are normally made with all natural ingredients, but they can be loaded with sugar as well. They have a lot of natural sugars, but depending on how they are made, they can have added sugar as well for more flavor. 


Black coffee may not contain sugar; however, over time, drinking coffee can stain your teeth and erode your enamel. If you add things like sugar, cream and other ingredients to your coffee, you could be adding quite a bit of sugar to your morning energy beverage. 

How To Prevent Decay

You don't have to throw out these drinks from your refrigerator just yet. You can still enjoy the drinks you love, you just have to take a few precautions to help prevent tooth decay. 

  1. Rinse. Rinse your mouth with water or with mouthwash if you can, to rinse any leftover sugar off of your teeth and gums.
  2. Floss. You should floss your teeth daily to get food particles out from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. 
  3. Brush. Brush your teeth twice per day for at least 2 minutes to help get sugar and food particles off of your teeth. Be sure to brush your gums and tongue as well as your teeth. Change your toothbrush every few months, or when you notice the bristles showing signs of wear. Worn out bristles will not clean your teeth and gums adequately.
  4. Regular Dental Visits. Be sure to see your dentist (like those at Bite Dental Works) for regular cleanings and checkups at least once per year. Your dentist will clean and check your teeth for any signs of tooth decay or other dental issues before they become a bigger problem.

Pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth and be sure you are taking precautions to prevent dental issues such as tooth decay.