Do you like to kick back and enjoy a nice, refreshing, ice-cold soda during the game? If so, then think again! Soda can severely damage your smile if you let it, which is why we encourage you to stop drinking it. The sugar and acidic substances in the beverage wear down the tooth enamel, giving tooth decay the chance to attack. It is best if you avoid this situation altogether, and we recommend doing so by:
· Substituting soda with healthier drinks: It’s best that you start drinking healthier, sugar-free beverages rather than soda. Some drink options to choose from are milk, 100 percent fruit juices, and water. If you drink a beverage that has less sugar and acid, your smile is much better off.
· Rinsing your mouth with water: After you drink soda or a sugary liquid, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Rinsing will help you wash your teeth and free them from the sugar that clings to their surfaces.
· Properly cleaning your smile: Make sure you properly clean your smile after you have consumed a sugary drink. Brush your teeth for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash after you brush and floss. The rinse will complete the cleaning job and it will strengthen your smile.
· Using professional fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments are extremely beneficial. They come in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish, and they strengthen and nourish your teeth, giving them the ability to fight off tooth decay. These treatments are generally available when you come into our office for a dental cleaning and exam.
Call Smiles Dental today at (503) 278-5455 if you have any questions or if you need help giving up the soda-drinking habit. We want you to have the best smile and oral health possible, so we are happy to help you in any way we can. Dr. Dr. Yvonne Han also asks that you call and schedule an appointment if you think you currently have dental cavities. Your dentist is happy to meet with you, examine your smile, and take care of any cavities that are destroying your oral health.