Ever seen those videos where someone puts a baby tooth in a glass of soda and watches it decay? Well, the effect of soda in an actual mouth is a bit different. You have your saliva to help wash away the sugar, you eat other things throughout the day, and brush at least twice a day to remove debris or plaque. Nevertheless, soda is not something we recommend you consume more often than a once-in-awhile treat. Here’s why:
Soda has an extremely high sugar content. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed off of sugar and excrete acid, which is what causes tooth decay. The more sugar our teeth have to interact with, the more prone to decay they will be.
Think diet soda is a better alternative? Even though it contains zero sugar, it can still contain acids such as phosphoric acid or citric acid. Acid eats away at a tooth’s enamel and leaves it prone to decay.
Caramel color, Yellow 5, etc. Any type of artificial coloring can cause tooth-staining. If you prefer your teeth sparkling white, it’s best to stay away from soda. How about some sparkling water or plain water infused with fresh fruit?
When you do drink soda, make sure to rinse with water afterwards. And, as always, keep up with regular brushing and flossing to protect those precious teeth!
According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the
common cold is tooth decay.
It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in
So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you
may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that go along with
• Nothing (in the early stages)
• A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
• Tooth sensitivity
• Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
• Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
• Visible holes in your tooth. Those holes are cavities
• Pain when biting down
The best time to catch a cavity is in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms.
Keeping your twice yearly (or more) visits with us will ensure we catch them in time.
We have a variety of ways you can reach out to us to schedule or get in contact regarding your accounts.
We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommen-
dation could be as easy as watching and waiting to see if we ﬁnd any tooth decay in the very early
Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan.
Many of our guests prefer to do away with the middleman (insurance agency) and participate in our Freedom Dental Care Benefit Plan. This plan allows for the decisions of your oral care be left to you and the doctor, not some arbitrary "limits" set by an insurance company. This allows for treatment to be provided at our office and specialty practices without the need for preauthorizations.
As always, brush twice a day with a ﬂuoride toothpaste, ﬂoss at least once a day, and try to
minimize the amount of sugar in your diet.
These steps will help you be proactive in preventing cavities.
Even better, your teeth will thank you for it!
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