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The #1 Worst Drink That Dissolves Your Teeth

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, yet this drink can easily dissolve it. Find out what the worst drink for your teeth is.

0:00 Introduction: The worst drink for your teeth

0:30 What causes tooth demineralization?

5:40 What is the worst thing you can drink?

7:30 A deeper cause of tooth decay

9:20 Are lemon juice and apple cider vinegar ok for your teeth?

10:00 Check out my video on the benefits of apple cider vinegar and lemon water!

Let's talk about the worst drinks for your teeth. These drinks can dissolve the enamel around your teeth and give you cavities.

Soda is roughly 2.4 on the pH scale, meaning it's very acidic. Acidity contributes to the breakdown of minerals in your teeth. But, we also have to take into account how long your teeth are exposed to the acids. For example, if you have lemon water or coffee for a short period, this isn't as bad as drinking it all day long.

Another factor to consider is your own saliva. Your saliva is an important factor in buffering acids and reducing bacteria in your mouth.

Bacteria can change the pH in your mouth, making it more acidic. Bacteria are typically at the root of the cause of tooth demineralization. Carbohydrates and sugar indirectly make your mouth very acidic because they feed bacteria that produce acidic byproducts.

We also have to look at this issue from a different perspective. If someone has diabetes or insulin resistance, they have a chronic level of high blood glucose. This glucose can come into the teeth through the roots.

If we look at the gums, they require vitamin C, and when someone chronically exposes their mouth to sugar, the body won't absorb vitamin C. Gingivitis and bleeding, or swollen gums are big symptoms of a vitamin C deficiency.

If you're on a low-carb diet, you don't need to be concerned about drinking lemon juice or apple cider vinegar diluted in water. But, using a straw and flushing out your mouth after can also help if you're concerned.

DATA: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3800408

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