The team of researchers took a look at over 30 men and women who have tooth erosion and worn-down enamel. When researchers delved further into the study, they found many of these individuals drank fruit tea.
Tea May Damage Teeth
Caring for your teeth is the best way to avoid costly dental visits, but controlling tooth erosion requires more dietary control. If the enamel on your teeth begins to erode it can cause extreme sensitivity and discomfort. It can also lead to some pretty expensive dental work: These days, a crown costs up to $1,200.
Those who are concerned about tooth erosion may want to consider cutting down on the number of acidic foods and beverages they eat on a daily basis. Researchers recommend limiting yourself to just one acidic item a day.
So, if you plan to have a glass of wine after dinner, skip your morning tea. You’ll also want to steer clear of fruits like apples, grapefruit, grapes, and some berries if you plan to drink something acidic that day.
Another great way to decrease your probability of tooth erosion is simply drinking more water and avoiding other acidic beverages like soda.
Which Tea Should You Drink?
There are plenty of people who enjoy tea on a daily basis and don’t plan to stop simply because of this study’s findings. However, you can help prevent tooth erosion by drinking different types of tea.
Determining what kind of tea you should drink requires a look at the pH level of the tea. Where acidity is concerned, green tea is the healthiest for your teeth. Black, chamomile, and mint teas are all fairly harmless as well. Fruit teas (including the popular lemon flavored tea) are far more acidic and, over time, will damage your smile.
So, if you’re looking to save money on dental costs, skip the fruit flavors and consider a cup of black or green tea.
Readers, what are your favorite kinds of teas? And how are your teeth doing — when was the last time you went to the dentist?