Ever finished a drink and noticed that your teeth feel grimy? Or filmy? Or clean? Everything you drink has the potential to impact your teeth — and you want to protect your smile from unsightly discoloration and deeper problems like erosion and decay… here are a list of drinks that are better choices for your teeth.

1) Root beer

Technically, soda probably doesn’t belong on the “good” side of the list, but if you are going to drink it, root beer is the best option. It’s less acidic than most sodas and therefore slightly less damaging to your teeth. However, still drink with caution — any soda is high in sugar and can stain your teeth and erode your enamel.

2) Sparkling water

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not carbonated water is bad for your teeth. The good news is that most unflavored sparkling water is totally fine, says the ADA. However, be aware that additives like fruit flavorings can increase the water’s acidity, even if it doesn’t have any juice or sugar, so don’t go overboard.

3) Light beer

Don’t fret, beer lovers, there’s hope. If you’re in the mood for a beer, just grab a light one. They’re usually less acidic, due to a higher water content, and won’t stain your teeth as much as darker-colored beers.

4) Coconut Water

If you get tired of drinking water (which is, of course, the healthiest option!) try coconut water, a super refreshing, antioxidant-packed option. It’s also a great alternative to sports drinks, with electrolytes like potassium, calcium and magnesium. Just make sure you buy a brand that has a low sugar content.

5) Gin and soda water

Alcohol usually fall on the no-no list, but it you’re looking for a healthier option for your teeth, look to gin. It’s the lowest acidity alcohol and doesn’t contain any sugar. Opt for soda water instead of tonic, which contains sugar, and add a squeeze of lime.

6) Milk

Next to water, milk is the healthiest drink for your teeth. It protects tooth enamel, contains vitamins and calcium and can actually reduce tooth decay. You could even let some chocolate milk slide now and then (just be cautious of the amount of sugar).

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If you want to improve the health of your gums or have periodontal disease, make sure to get regular dental cleanings and follow your dentist’s recommendations to maintain the health of your gums.  If you have a periodontal/dental implant condition, it’s important to receive treatment before it becomes a dental emergency. At the Havrilla Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants located in Broomall, PA, attending to your comfort and concerns is our first priority.  Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality of periodontal and dental implant care in a warm and friendly environment.

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