Dentists frequently warn against drinking sugary beverages due to their effect on oral health. Unfortunately, many people find it hard to follow these recommendations, resulting in tooth decay conditions rooted in excessive soda consumption. Below, learn more about this issue and what you can do to prevent it.
Rotted teeth from sugary drink consumption is a widespread problem. Sugars, carbonation, and acids contribute to premature tooth decay by eroding enamel, or the hard, white outer layer that shields sensitive tooth dentin and pulp. When soda is allowed to coat teeth for hours instead of getting rinsed away, the risk of decay increases. However, brushing teeth with acid coatings causes further enamel damage because the acids get worked into the teeth.
Sugar consumption also contributes to plaque formation. The sticky substance contains bacteria that consume sugar particles and produce enamel-eroding acids. Without regular removal, plaque hardens into tartar that forms under the gumline to irritate gum tissue. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.
To treat this condition, visit the dentist regularly to identify and fill in cavities so they don't worsen and require root canals. The dentist will also look for signs of gingivitis—the precursor to gum disease—and may recommend using an anti-tartar mouthwash in addition to daily brushing and flossing.
Dental professionals also recommend waiting 20 to 30 minutes before brushing teeth after consuming soda or another acidic beverage or food. This gives saliva enough time to neutralize the acids and protect enamel. Additionally, drinking more water is essential to keep the mouth clean and the body hydrated.
Protect yourself and your loved ones from cavities and other oral health issues with biannual visits to Dansville Family Dental Care. This friendly staff has served the Livingston County, NY, area since 2001, using state-of-the-art technology to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. Call (585) 335-6170 today to make an appointment, or review their varied services online.