Are you thinking about pulling through the drive-thru to get yourself a soda? If so, then think again! Soda is an extremely harmful beverage that can destroy your smile if you let it. The sugar and acidic particles in the drink wear down and soften your tooth enamel. Once the enamel softens, tooth decay begins to form, which is a very scary and painful thing. Even though tooth decay is a common dental problem in the world today, it needs to be avoided at all costs. So, in order to avoid it, we recommend doing the following things:
· Substitute soda with healthier 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 has, you are on the right track. Some recommended beverages include milk, 100 percent fruit juices, and water.
· Rinse your mouth with water: Rinsing your mouth with water will help you constantly rinse your smile and wash away any harmful substance that clings to it. So, make sure you rinse your mouth with water after you have consumed a sugary drink.
· Properly clean your smile: Oral hygiene is important, especially if you are a soda drinker. So, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Do so with a soft-bristled toothbrush and with fluoride toothpaste. It’s also strongly recommended that you floss your smile once a day and rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily.
· Use professional fluoride treatments: When you come into our office for a dental cleaning and exam, our team will give you a professional fluoride treatment. This treatment will give your teeth the strength they need to survive. So, make sure you take advantage of our fluoride when you come into our office.
If you do these four things, you will be on the right track toward a strong and healthy smile. For more information about tooth decay and soda, call Smiles Dental now by dialing 541.497.7970. Dr. Dr. Michael Hall and our entire dental team care about you and your smile, and we are happy to help you in any way we can!