Posted by JazGulati on August 20, 2016
Sugary drinks are largely to blame for the level of dental decay around the world. Fizzy drinks and fruit juices also contribute to acid erosion of teeth (this means acids breaking down your tooth).
Diet and sugar-free drinks are recommended over sugary drinks as they will not cause dental decay. However, they still cause acid erosion, so it is advised to follow our advice on how to prevent acid wear of your teeth.
As with foods, it is better to drink any sugary drinks in one sitting, rather than taper and sip throughout the day. By sipping and tapering sugary/acidic drinks, you risk constantly bathing teeth in acids and sugars. Bottled drinks are largely to blame for this, as they have a lid making it easy to sip over a long time.
Some people have 8 cups of tea/coffee a day, each with sugar. That’s 8 attacks daily, and that doesn’t even count meals/snacks/other drinks! A huge difference would be made by switching to an artificial sweetener for those who take sugar with their hot beverages.