Whether you’re a weightlifter, a fan of meal replacement drinks, or simply looking to up your protein intake, protein drinks are more popular than ever before. Many of our patients at Edgewater Dental Arts understand why consuming sugary drinks like sodas can be harmful to teeth, but many patients do not realize that a diet high in protein can also pose some dental challenges.
Isn’t Protein Good for Teeth?
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It keeps your body, muscles and teeth included, strong and protects against wear and tear. However, consuming protein drinks can increase your risk for tooth decay if proper precautions aren’t taken.
If you’ve ever had a protein drink, you might have noticed that it leaves behind a filmy or gritty residue on your teeth. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to follow a protein shake with a glass of water. Water and your saliva help clean the surfaces of your teeth and wash away any lingering residue that could become fuel for bad bacteria. Otherwise, bacteria will feed on the residue and produce acid that wears away at tooth enamel and puts you at risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay.
If you find yourself consistently turning to protein drinks, it is imperative that you follow a good oral hygiene routine. Be sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, flossing every day, and visiting our office every six months or so for cleanings and exams.
So, if you’re a fan of protein drinks, remember to stay hydrated and stay committed to your oral hygiene routine. Not only will you have strong muscles and bones, you’ll have strong teeth and a healthy smile! To ask our team any other questions about caring for your teeth or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!