Soft Drink Trouble!
Whether you know it is “pop”, “soda” or a brand name, soft drinks can cause some serious oral health problems. Soft drinks are more recently known as a significant dietary source of tooth decay. They affect people of all ages! They produce acids which soften tooth enamel, leading to cavities!
When softened enamel is combined with improper brushing and dental care, in extreme cases this can lead to tooth loss! Although sugar-free drinks seem more appealing, they only account for 14% of soft drink consumption. They are still acidic and can potentially cause problems.
Unfortunately, soft drink consumption is at an all time high! Children and teenagers are not the only ones at risk. Into adulthood, the addition can continue and long term consumption has a cumulative affect on your tooth enamel.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Substitute soft drinks for beverages with less sugar/acid (water, milk, 100% fruit juice)
- Rinse with water after consuming a soft drink
- Use fluoride toothpaste and mouth wash to strengthen tooth enamel.
Soft drinks are tough on your teeth. Reducing your intake and practicing good oral hygiene will help counteract their bad effects. Speak to us at Niagara Periodontics for more advice!
– The Niagara Periodontics TeamAppointment Request