Sugary drinks are terrible for your teeth. Trust us, for the good of your teeth (and your entire body), you should stop drinking sugar-laden beverages.
That said, we know that forgoing your daily cup of coffee/can of soda/sports drink/etc. can be a bit more difficult than it sounds. Our first recommendation to get you through this transitionary period is to drink plenty of water. This helps you stay hydrated, which will boost your energy levels and your mood.
However, drinking nothing but H20 can get a little bit dull, which is why we are suggesting that you begin drinking a cup of tea whenever you feel the urge to treat yourself to your too-sweet-drink-of-choice. It’s about the ritual, you know?
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, a 2009 study found that a routine intake of green tea may help promote healthy teeth and gums. So guess which type of tea we are going to point you towards?
Okay, that was an obvious one. Green tea, of course.
Now, we will admit that going from a hyper-sweet drink to green tea might be a bit difficult at first. Try pouring green tea into an ice cube tray and freezing it. Add these green tea ice cubes to a big glass of cold water and enjoy. Or use green tea instead of water in a green smoothie.
Once you have gotten a taste for the bitter-y greatness that is green tea, you can come aboard the green tea train!
Quick note: If you are worried about experiencing tooth stains from sipping on green tea, be sure to brush/floss BEFORE drinking tea and swish water around in your mouth afterwards to minimize this risk.