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Sugary Drinks and Dental Health

What you drink could be causing serious harm to your dental health. Most people know that the sugar found in sodas is harmful to their teeth but a number of drinks that are marketed as healthy are harmful, too. Sugar consumption contributes to cavities and gum disease, both of which require professional care from a dentist to treat.

The problem with sugar is that it feeds the harmful oral bacteria in our mouths. As bacteria feed on sugar molecules, they colonize and release acids as their byproduct. Reducing sugar intake can starve harmful bacteria and reduce your risks for cavities.

You might be surprised how much sugar is lurking in common beverages you drink frequently. Read on to learn more.


A smoothie might make for a nutrient-rich and convenient breakfast; however, its sugar content is alarming. Even the green smoothie varieties are full of sugar from fruits like apples and pineapples. A smoothie from time to time shouldn’t be too detrimental to your teeth but making it a daily habit could increase your risks for tooth decay.

Sweetened Coffee/Tea

Many folks enjoy the caffeinated boost they get from tea and coffee but they should be wary of lattes and cappuccinos. Many of these drinks contain flavored syrups and abundant sugar. We encourage you to enjoy caffeine with as little sugar as possible.


Kombucha may be filled with prebiotic and probiotic goodness but it does contain natural sugars. These sugars along with the beverage’s acidic content could spell trouble for your teeth. If you’re drinking Kombucha for its gastric health benefits, consider swapping kombucha out with unsweetened yogurt or probiotic supplements.

Mixed Drinks/Cocktails

Many people love to unwind with a cocktail or two. Unfortunately, popular mixed drinks like margaritas, pina coladas, and appletinis are filled with fruit-flavored syrups chock full of sugar.

If you do consume something sugary, be sure to drink water afterwards as it helps dilute acid and rinse teeth.

For more information or to schedule your next checkup or cleaning with our dentist, contact the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan today.