Whether you believe it or not, soda can easily destroy your smile. The sugar and acidic substances in the beverage weakens and breaks down your tooth enamel, allowing the formation of tooth decay. The best ways to stop soda from decaying your smile are to:
· Substitute soda with healthier drinks: It’s best that you start drinking healthier, sugar-free beverages rather than soda. Some drink options to choose from are milk, 100 percent fruit juices, and water. If you drink a beverage that has less sugar and acid, your smile is much better off.
· 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: 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: Professional fluoride treatments are beneficial because they give your smile the minerals it needs in a short amount of time. The treatments are provided at the dental office and they generally come in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam.
If you do these four things, you are on the right track toward a strong, successful, and healthy smile. For more information about soda and tooth decay, call 360.464.9797 now and talk to a member of our Smiles Dental dental team! We are here to help you in any way we can, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melody Pongmanopap if you are currently suffering from tooth decay. We look forward to helping you!