Drink Brewed Tea to Avoid Tooth Erosion
Low erosive effect on teeth and antioxidants provide health benefits
Apart from tasting good, brewed tea has many health benefits. Tea is loaded with natural antioxidants, which are thought to decrease incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Dr. Bassiouny says that “when we look at tea and read about the benefits, it’s amazing — not because green tea is ‘the in thing’ — but because there are advantages.” He adds that much research done overseas, in countries such as
But, if you do drink tea, experts suggest avoiding additives such as milk, lemon, or sugar because they combine with tea’s natural flavonoids and decrease the benefits. In addition, stay away from prepackaged iced teas because they contain citric acid and high amounts of sugars. It does not matter whether the tea is warm or cold — as long as it is home brewed without additives.
Tips to decrease erosion:
- Reduce or eliminate carbonated beverages. Instead, drink water, milk, or tea
- Skip the additives such as sugar, lemon, and milk
- Drink acidic drinks quickly and through a straw
- Chew sugar-free gum to increase saliva flow in your mouth
- Rinse with water to neutralize the acids, and wait an hour before brushing
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SOURCE Academy of General Dentistry