Alcohol is known to be bad for your teeth. Alcoholic drinks are usually a combination of sugars
and acid that can damage your tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay. However, this
doesn’t stop people from enjoying alcohol, especially around the holiday season.
Even though there’s no such thing as a “healthy” alcoholic drink, there are some types of drinks
that are worse for your teeth than others. You can make better decisions for your oral health by
opting for alcoholic drinks that are less likely to impact your smile.
Here are some of the best—and worst—alcoholic drinks for your teeth!
Best: Light Beer
Fans of light beer will be happy to know that this drink tends to have a much milder impact on
your teeth than many alcoholic beverages.
Light beers such as pale ale, pale lager, and India pale ale (IPA) tend to have a higher pH,
meaning they’re less acidic. Pale-colored beers also won’t stain your teeth as much as darker-
colored alcohol, making this choice one of the best when it comes to alcohol and your teeth.
Worst: Rum and Coke
Rum and coke—or whiskey and coke—is one of the worst drinks for your teeth. But why?
First, colas tend to have the lowest pH of all sodas. Secondly, whiskey and rum are acidic as
well, making this drink very corrosive to your tooth enamel.
In addition, whiskey and rum are both dark-colored alcohols, meaning their potential to stain
your teeth is high!
Champagne has a slightly higher pH than many types of liquor, coming in at around 3-4.
Although this still makes champagne an acidic drink, this type of alcohol is light in color and
won’t stain your teeth, making it a better choice for your smile.
Wine is known for staining teeth, especially red wine. However, white wines have their cons
too: they tend to be sweeter, and sweet wine has a higher sugar content that can corrode tooth
Whether you enjoy red or white, sweet or dry, wine just isn’t a great choice for your teeth. If
you’re a wine drinker, you can help combat the effects of teeth staining by sipping water with
Best: Gin and Vodka
Both gin and vodka tend to have higher pH levels than that of other alcoholic drinks, coming in
around 5-6. In addition, gin and vodka are clear liquors, meaning not only will they not stain
your smile, but they’ll be less likely to affect your tooth enamel as well.
However, when it comes to mixing these types of alcohol with juices or sodas, they can quickly
become one of the worst drinks for your teeth!
Worst: Fruity Mixed Drinks
Mixed drinks tend to be very harsh on your smile. These include spritzers and anything mixed
with juice or soda. Juice and soda tend to be acidic on their own, let alone mixed with alcohol!
If you choose to have alcohol mixed with soda or fruit juice, it’s important to remember that
soda, juice, and alcohol all tend to be acidic and when mixed together they create a damaging
drink for your teeth.
When it comes to alcohol, you can make better choices by staying away from dark or sugary
alcoholic drinks that can hurt your teeth. While lighter-colored drinks can be better, they aren’t
beneficial for your smile, so drink in moderation and always keep up with your oral care