Can a Drink Marketed as Good For You, Really BE Good For You?
The World’s First Oral Health Drink…
In a series of dental articles, the Saskatoon dental team at NEESH Dental share information, dental tips, and our opinion on relevant and interesting topics that can help you make informed decisions about your oral health. In our latest post, we discuss the recent development of an oral health drink being labeled as a healthy alternative to sugary and acidic drinks.
There was a recent article in the Daily Mail about a drink that is good for your mouth created by Dr. Angie Lang, an Australian dentist. Swirlit, the name of the new drink, is intended to replace beverages that cause tooth decay and erode enamel. According to Dr. Lang there is nothing else out there like it.
“Vitamin waters were really popular around the time I was researching,” said Dr. Lang, “but even these aren’t always the best for your enamel. I set out to develop a drink that had a simple philosophy – sugar free and pH neutral, so it wouldn’t cause dental decay and erosion.”
Dr. Lang created Swirlit after seeing the detrimental effect of acidic, sugary beverages on many of her patients’ teeth. The drink’s ingredients include tea extract, cinnamon, botanicals, vitamins, prebiotics and a sugar free sweetener called xylitol. Xylitol tastes sweet but unlike sugar it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay. All of Swirlit’s ingredients appear to be good for you especially when compared to the list of ingredients on a can of Coke or Pepsi!
So what does the team of dental professionals at NEESH think about the world’s first oral health drink?
Our opinion is that there really is nothing that beats drinking regular, plain old water to help maintain good oral health. The less processed the water – no bottles, no additives, no sugar, no flavours – the better. Seeking out water alternatives and decreasing your water intake can have a negative effect on your teeth and gums.
It is also best that you educate yourself on the needs of your body so that you can achieve good oral health through diet and proper dental care at home. It is important not to rely on an oral health drink to improve your oral hygiene.
In general, we’d like the public to be wary of a marketing scheme like this, even if it is promoting a product made by a doctor or dentist. It’s always a good idea to do some research, or to talk to your dental professional if you have any questions. The NEESH team of dentists and support staff are dedicated to providing you with the professional, personalized, and gentle care that you deserve.
At NEESH Dental in Saskatoon, a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients. Our team of Saskatoon dentists and support staff are committed to sharing interesting articles, dental facts and dental hygiene tips so you can take good care of your teeth. Contact us today to book an appointment and to tour our new space.