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Some beverages can do serious damage to your teeth. Here are five of the worst culprits:

-Soda: Soda is bad for your teeth in two ways. First, it usually contains high amounts of sugar. Sugar damages your mouth because bacteria in your mouth convert sugar into acid, which breaks down your tooth enamel. Additionally, soda contains other acids, even if it is sugar-free soda. Double whammy.

-Sports Drinks: Many sports drinks contain high levels of sugar and acid. If you are getting ready to work out, bring a bottle of plain water to hydrate your body.

-Energy Drinks: Energy drinks might give you a spike of energy, but they are also incredibly acidic and full of sugar. Try to get a good night’s sleep and eat naturally healthy food instead.

-Coffee: Coffee actually reduces saliva flow in your mouth, drying out your mouth. Coffee can also discolor your teeth. Though it doesn’t naturally contain sugar, there is often quite a bit of sugar added for taste. This sugar further damages teeth.

-Alcohol: Alcohol also dries out your mouth. Some dark forms of alcohol, like red wine, can stain your tooth enamel. Alcoholic drinks also often contain high amounts of acid.

For more information, call Carp Dental in Norristown, Pennsylvania, at 610-275-1565. Dr. Brian Carp and our team look forward to making your smile shine!