Today rounds out our last basic oral hygiene tip from your Aventura dentist, Dr. Arun Garg. Over the past couple of blogs, we have focused on brushing up on the basics, from brushing for a full two minutes, to flossing properly. For our fifth oral hygiene tip, we recommend preventing enamel erosion by avoiding drinking sodas.
5. Avoid Drinking Soda to Protect Your Teeth
The two main culprits for dental health issues include acid and sugar. These are also two main components of sugary, fizzy drinks like colas. When you drink a soda, the sugar is metabolized by S. mutans, the bacteria responsible for cavities. The two combine to make lactic acid which then wears away your tooth enamel. The outer layer of your tooth, the hard tooth enamel, is vital for protecting your teeth from disease and infection. With weakened enamel, your teeth are more likely to develop cavities. Sodas do not only weaken enamel with sugar and acid, they also stain your teeth. In fact, damaged tooth enamel is more likely to pick up discoloration, compounding on the problem with drinking sodas.
How to Avoid Enamel Erosion
Our Aventura dentist recommends avoiding sodas as much as possible. However, if you are going to drink a soda, remember these guidelines for lessening the damage of acid and sugar attacks:
- Do not sip on sodas for long periods of time. Prolonging your exposure to acid will lengthen the amount of time your teeth are at risk. Sipping a soda for hours will leave your tooth enamel soft and vulnerable for hours.
- Drink plenty of water with your soda. Water can wash away some of the harmful effects of sugar and acid, curbing enamel erosion. In addition, water encourages saliva production, which neutralizes acids.
- Try sugar-free of sugar alternatives. Xylitol, stevia, and other sugar alternative are natural sweeteners which do not have the same negative consequences of sugar on your teeth.
Preventive Dentistry in Aventura
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