How does Soda Effect your Teeth

pouring_soda            I’m sure we can all agree that we want to take good care of our teeth. But something that may be a part of your regular diet can be going against your goal of taking care of your teeth and actually destroying them. What is this common item you ask? Soda. Although extremely tasty, and a beverage that a lot of individuals enjoy, it is damaging to your teeth. According to an article by Fox News last Summer, soda, especially diet soda, is highly acidic so it wears away at your teeth’s enamel which is a protective layer preventing an onslaught of cavities, cracks and discoloration. The acidic nature of soda isn’t the only problem, the high amounts of sugar wear down your teeth and cause them to decay quicker than they would naturally over the course of your life. If we switch over to what Colgate, a leading toothpaste brand has to say, in extreme cases soda can even lead to tooth loss for an individual. This is scary to think about since chances are most of us drink soda on a regular or somewhat regular basis. Not to mention our children and teens who sometimes drink multiple servings every day!

What can be done to help reverse the adverse affects of soda on our teeth? One suggestion is to switch up our drink of choice. As hard as it might be try to limit your soda consumption to only a couple servings per week or cut it out completely if you have the willpower. If you do choose to drink a soda, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water after finishing your beverage to help remove the sugar and acid from hanging around on your teeth. A third habit you can get into is using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. I know I personally brush my teeth with regular toothpaste in the morning and use fluoride in the evening. It is vital to brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes each time. Make sure you brush on all sides of your teeth, front, back, and bottoms to ensure they are always clean. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. Furthermore, it is vital to regularly floss your teeth. This habit helps to clean your teeth from where your toothbrush can’t reach. Just like being aware of what you drink, it is vital to choose what you eat wisely too. Don’t snack constantly because this gives plaque a chance to build up in your mouth and on your teeth. A good snack for helping teeth is to eat cheese or milk. This is because they are alkaline and it helps to eat away at the acids on your teeth from other foods. Eat lots of vegetables and drink plenty of water. Like sugary foods, avoid fruit juice as much as possible because they are full of acids. Getting regular cleanings and check-ups can help prevent cavities or detect them earlier before then can have the chance to grow into bigger problems. Mountain View Dental understands this and is ready to be of assistance. So be proud of your mouth and take good care of it! You are in the most control of how healthy your teeth are, so don’t shirk your responsibility!

Cavity Prevention 101

Cavity Prevention 101A cavity is tooth decay that occurs when various bacteria adhere to the tooth enamel. These acid-producing bacteria are adept at hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth. A cavity is an infectious type of condition that worsens if unchecked. The best treatment for cavities is prevention.

Prevention begins with diligent daily care. Brushing your teeth remove food debris whose proteins mix with your saliva to form a whitish plaque. This plaque is what cavity causing bacteria love to feed on. You can prevent bacteria from growing by removing what it feeds on by routinely brushing and flossing after every meal, snack or beverage. Your dentist at Genesis Dental will be able to recommend the ideal type of toothbrush and toothpaste for your needs.

In order to remove all food debris, brushing should last for 2 to 3 minutes. Flossing between the teeth is just as important as brushing as the food debris between teeth is not always reachable by brushing. Rinse thoroughly with either an anti-bacterial mouthwash or a fluoride mouth rinse.

It is also necessary to visit your dentist for regular cleaning and checkups. Your dentist will be able to catch tiny spots that you are unable to see and treat them before they become problematic. There are a number of helpful treatments that your dentist at Genesis Dental can provide that will contribute to reduce and/or prevent a cavity.

Treatments that your dentist may recommend could include dental sealants, fluoride treatments and antibacterial treatments. A dental sealant is a plastic coating that your dentist applies directly to the chewing surface of your teeth. This places a protective coating over the tooth effectively sealing it off from cavity causing bacteria. Fluoride treatments may also be recommended, especially if you are not drinking fluoridated water. Your dentist can remedy this lack of fluoride by treating each tooth with a concentrated form of fluoride. Antibacterial treatments are most often advised for those who have certain medical conditions.

What you choose to eat can also assist you in preventing cavities. Limit or eliminate sugar in all forms. Sugar products leave a sticky residue that just loves to cling to tiny grooves in your teeth. If you must chew gum, be sure to select a sugar-free gum. Better yet, satisfy your cravings for sweets with fruit instead. There are foods that help to protect your teeth. They include fruits, vegetables and cheese. Make sure your diet includes plenty of these to ensure you keep your smile healthy and bright.