Sugary drinks can affect the teeth by causing tooth decay and tooth erosion. These drinks include soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, pre-made iced teas, and fruit juice. The best choices for tooth-friendly drinks include water and milk. Tap water is the preferred option because in many Australian communities, the community tap water has fluoride added to it at the recommended level to help protect and strengthen teeth.
Sugary drinks are well known to be unhealthy for both the health of the body and the mouth. They can cause weight gain and obesity, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Sugary drinks can also affect the teeth by causing tooth decay and tooth erosion. These drinks include soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, pre-made iced teas, and fruit juice.
Sugary drinks, such as soft drinks and energy drinks, have no nutritional value. A 600ml bottle of soft drink can contain up to 16 teaspoons of sugar, which equals 64 grams of sugar. If you place only 1 teaspoon of sugar in your tea or coffee, imagine spooning 16 teaspoons in before drinking. This is much higher than the recommended amount of sugar for the average adult which is 6 teaspoons of sugar per day (24 grams). There is scientific evidence to support that this amount of sugar per day can help to decrease the risk of developing tooth decay.
Sugary drinks contribute the most added sugar to Australian diets. The biggest consumers of sugary drinks are young males.