4 Drinks That Are Hurting Your Family’s Teeth

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As a parent, you have a lot on your plate. You have to take care of work, home, and especially your children. (Sometimes, you even need to help take care of your spouse.) That means taking responsibility for their dental care.

Call our South Bend, IN dental office today at 574-208-5668 to schedule dental cleanings and dental exams for your whole family. Dr. Hurcomb is very experienced in working with children and adults. With her advanced training, she can help you ensure your family’s teeth are healthy and beautiful.

How To Protect Your Family’s Smiles

You may not have the specialized training and tools that Dr. Hurcomb has, but there are some important steps you can take at home that will help.

  • Make sure everyone brushes twice per day at the least.
  • Make sure everyone flosses once per day after dinner.
  • Focus the family on drinking water as their usual beverage.
  • Limit candy and sugar to occasional treats.
  • Replace sugary breakfast cereals with healthy alternatives.

But above all, make regular trips to Tulip Tree Dental care to get everyone’s teeth cleaned and thoroughly examined. Only a highly trained dental team can get your family’s teeth clean. By letting Dr. Hurcomb spot problems early on, they are usually easier (and cheaper) to fix.

Drinks That Can Hurt Teeth

You know to avoid candy and sugar. You probably don’t let your family drink too much regular soda just for that reason. That’s a great thing, but there are several drinks that can hurt your family’s teeth without you realizing it. Here are some of the drinks you should limit.


Kids start drinking coffee and tea (especially iced tea) earlier and earlier these days. Besides the health concerns with all that caffeine, many of these drinks are full of sugar. Some coffee drinks are more like caffeinated milkshakes than anything else. Sweet tea is also more popular, and that has a ton of sugar in it.

Besides the sugar content, both coffee and tea are highly acidic. It can lead to corroded enamel similar to a cavity. Because both drinks are also dark, they leave behind tiny stains on your family’s teeth. The more your family drinks coffee and tea, the more their teeth will look dingy and yellowish.


Wait! You don’t have to skip juices all together! You just need to be careful with them for two reasons.

Fruit juices are full of sugar. Many are artificially sweetened with even more sugar content, but even the organic and natural versions are very sweet. When your family drinks fruit juice, they coat their teeth and gums in sugar. This will feed the harmful bacteria behind gum disease and tooth decay just like regular soda.

As with coffee and tea, fruit juices are very acidic. That also coats teeth in acid, leading to erosion and weak enamel.


Diet soda has no sugar, that’s definitely true. It’s much better than regular soda, and that’s also true. The problem is due to acid yet again.

All sodas are highly acidic. Manufacturers add acids to give soda a tangy flavor that balances out how sweet they are. As described above, that acidity can do a number of your family’s teeth by eroding the enamel. Dark diet sodas can also stain teeth like coffee and tea.


These drinks are becoming more popular, especially among teens. Who doesn’t want energy or more electrolytes after exercising? People who want to avoid cavities and gum disease, that’s who. Most energy drinks add sugar to give a quick energy boost. Sports drinks are usually sugar-free — but they are full of carbohydrates, which is close enough to sugar for those harmful bacteria.

Call us TODAY at 574-208-5668 or make an appointment online to schedule dental cleanings and dental exams for your whole family. As you can see, there are ways your family can hurt their teeth without anyone realizing it. That means keeping them professionally clean is very important. So is a thorough exam from someone as qualified and experienced as Dr. Hurcomb.

Dentistry is a team effort. Call our South Bend, IN dental office today so we can be on your team.

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