Can Bottled Water and Sports Drinks Ruin Your Smile?

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A beautiful smile is always one of the important things you crave for. To gain a pretty one, you need to take care of your oral health properly dental care. However, there are still some factors lots of people fail to avoid and here are 5 things that can ruin a good smile.

1. Smoke

Smoking can cause a countless number of health problems but your teeth are the most visible. It can quickly turn your teeth into a yellow disaster, which makes your smile less beautiful. Besides, tobacco stains your pearly whites and coats them in a film that can collect bacteria and lead to gum damage and tooth decay. More serious, smoking increases your chances of throat, lung and mouth cancer, and even causes death. Therefore, the best way to improve your smile is quitting. You can also keep your teeth white by bleaching or using whitening toothpaste.

2. Wine, tea and coffee

Wine, including red wine and white wine, can harm tooth enamel because it is highly acidic. If you consume wine regularly, it will eat away the enamel on your teeth. Wine stains your whites, too. So you should rinse your mouth with water after drinking wine to avoid enamel erosion and unsightly staining.

Along with wine, coffee and tea also stain your teeth. So if you are a coffee or tea drinker, you should ensure to cleanse your teeth regularly.

3. Constant snacking

When you enjoy a snack with starch in it, the starch gets broken down into acid that attacks your enamel and teeth for about 20 minutes afterward. Keeping snacking all day is even worse because it creates wave after wave of that acid, leading to decay and a host of other problems. Brushing and flossing immediately or rinsing your mouth with plain water can actually help prevent the acid from affecting your teeth.

4. Bottled water and sports drinks

Tap water often has fluoride in it while bottled water contain less fluoride than recommended for good oral health. Fluoride is known for its ability to prevent tooth decay and helps remineralization the teeth, so bottled water is an obvious cause for ruining your smile. Besides, sports drinks are not good for your whites because they have the low pH levels, which can promote tooth decay and erosion. Moreover, these beverages are very acidic and can wear away at the tooth's enamel.

5. Play sports

You will be at risk of being hit in the mouth when you play contact sports like football, hockey or rugby. To save your teeth and smile from flying objects, you should wear a mouthguard while taking part in these activities.

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Lee Dobbins has 433 articles online and 7 fans

I have been working as a doctor of a general hospital since February 1998. In addition, I am a full time writer and specialize in weight loss related issues. I also write for a number of different websites on the Internet.

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This article was published on 2013/08/10