As temperatures drop so the craving for sipping on cozy teas to help us enjoy the new, crisp fall air rises. Your dentist cares about Grayslake area resident’s teeth and the effect that herbal teas can have on them, even though we rarely stop to consider its consequences.
Savoring your favorite natural green or black teas can actually boost the health of your gums and reduce the symptoms of periodontal disease due to natural antioxidants. However, there is a danger that comes with fruit flavored herbal teas.
The high acid levels found in these fall favorites can dissolve the tooth enamel that protects our teeth from decay. Go ahead and relax with your favorite peppermint or chamomile cup of coziness but your teeth will thank you for steering clear of the fruit based varieties like lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant seeing that thinning enamel can lead to increased sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and susceptibility to chipping and fractures.
What if you simply can’t resist the temptation of fruit flavored comfort in a cup? Brushing immediately after enjoying these herbal teas is not recommended. The enamel softened by the attack of the acids from the tea can be scrubbed away while brushing, which poses further threats to the health of your teeth. However, rinsing your mouth with water or salt water afterwards can help reduce the effects.
Your dentist in the Grayslake area wants to protect your teeth this fall. So sit back, relax, and let yourself, and your teeth, enjoy the autumn season.