We are excited for the opportunity to welcome back our patients and staff! With everyone's safety in mind during this unusual time, we have taken great care in implementing a comprehensive set of new protocols to ensure the lowest possible risk of disease transmission that follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A comprehensive list of changes to our office can be found here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
Unfortunately, even though soda drinks are popular, they really are not dental-friendly. The following information details why you should choose another type of beverage.
Why Soda Is Bad for the Teeth
Whether a fizzy drink or soda has sugar or contains a sweetener, it is bad for the teeth. That is because the beverage increases the acids in the mouth, which lead to tooth decay. Drinking soft drinks is especially harmful to young kids and teens, as their teeth are just developing. Therefore, to stay hydrated, it is better to stick to drinking water or milk instead. Moreover, sipping on a soda all day can invite ongoing acid attacks. Every time you sip on a soda, an acid attack occurs that lasts about 20 minutes. Therefore, over time, simply sipping on a soft drink can do some real dental damage. Heavy soda consumption, especially soda containing sugar, can also lead to other health complications, including osteoporosis, diabetes, and obesity.
What Can I Do to Lower My Soda Consumption?
If you still want to drink soda, you need to limit the amount of soda you drink to no more than one 12-ounce can each day. Use a straw when drinking the beverage to keep the sugar in the soda away from the teeth. Also, it helps to swish out your mouth with water to dilute the acid and sugar in the drink. This should be done whenever you can't brush. Keep hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily. The caffeine in soda drinks quickens dehydration. Therefore, drinking water guarantees that you will get an adequate amount of liquid. What you don't want to do is sip a soda for any extended time or drink the beverage before bedtime. Brush after you drink the soda but wait about an hour after doing so. Also, never substitute a sports drink, soda, or juice for a meal. Eating helps to dilute the acids in the beverage. If you are tempted to drink soda, chew sugarless gum instead.
By visiting our office and making an appointment, you can continue on the right track with respect to your oral health needs. If you have not seen us in the last 6 months and you are due for a cleaning and exam, give us a call now to schedule an appointment and consultation.