The Connection Between Enamel Erosion, Tooth Decay and Soda

by | Dec 22, 2016 | Dental Care, Dental Hygiene

If you drink soda often, your smile is vulnerable to enamel erosion and tooth decay, which are two dental issues that can result in tooth sensitivity and tooth extraction if you’re not careful. So, it’s best to avoid these two problems as much as possible. You can do so by doing the following things:

-Drink different drinks: There are many delicious drinks in the world that won’t damage your smile, so why don’t you start drinking some of those? As long as the drink is sugar-free and it doesn’t have the acidic substances soda does, you are on the right track. Some recommended beverages include milk, 100 percent fruit juices, and water.

-Rinse your mouth: Rinsing your mouth with water will help wash your smile after you have consumed a sugary or acidic drink. The water will gently glide over your teeth and rinse away any harmful particles that are clinging to your smile.

-Clean your smile: Oral hygiene is vital, especially if you are a soda drinker. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend that you floss once a day as well as rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily.

-Take advantage of 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 enamel erosion and tooth decay. These treatments are generally available when you come into our office for a dental cleaning and exam.

Doing these four things will help you have a strong and healthy smile once again. If you have any questions or concerns about how to care for your smile in Pleasanton, TX, please call Republic Dental today at 830-268-4447 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Espino. Our caring dental team is happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you!