Are you thinking about making a pit stop at the local gas station for a soda? If so, then think again! Soda is a beverage that can severely destroy your smile with tooth decay if you let it. The particles in the soda, like the sugar and acid, wear down and soften the tooth enamel and then begin the formation of tooth decay. This is a scary occurrence and should be avoided as much as possible. So, to help you avoid dental cavities, we recommend doing the following things:
· Substitute soda with healthier drinks: If you drink healthier drinks instead of soda, your teeth would be much better off. Some healthier drinks include milk, sugar-free beverages, and 100 percent fruit juices.
· Rinse your mouth with water: After you drink soda, rinse your mouth with water. Doing so will help you constantly clean your teeth and wash away the harmful substances that cling to them.
· Properly clean your smile: Make sure you brush twice each day with fluoride toothpaste and do your best to rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily. These products will nourish and strengthen your smile, protecting it from the soda you drink.
· Use professional fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments are available when you come into our office for a regular dental cleaning and exam. These treatments come in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam, and they give your teeth the strength they need to survive. They are also usually flavored to make the treatment more enjoyable.
Call Smiles Dental today if you would like to know more about soda and tooth decay. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Miller if you are currently suffering from tooth decay. It is very important that you get this problem treated as soon as possible. If you don’t, your entire smile could be destroyed. So, call 503.342.8500 now!