As we’re sure you’ve already heard, soda is a soft drink that can severely destroy your smile if you let it. With the many sugars and acidic substances it contains, your teeth are likely to soften, which then allows the formation of tooth decay. However, there are four things you can do to keep this from happening, and those things are:
· Substitute soda with different drinks: Try replacing soda with a healthier option that contains less sugar. Some options include milk, sugar-free drinks, and 100 percent fruit juices. Although diet soda might seem like a better option, it still contains elements that can decay your smile, so try to avoid drinking them.
· Rinse your mouth with water: It’s important that you rinse your smile with water after you drink soda. Doing so will rinse your teeth and will eliminate some of the sugars and acids that cling to your smile.
· Properly clean your smile: Make sure you properly clean your smile after you have consumed a sugary drink. Brush your teeth for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash after you brush and floss. The rinse will complete the cleaning job and it will strengthen your smile.
· Use professional fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments are available when you come into our office for a regular dental cleaning and exam. These treatments come in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam, and they give your teeth the strength they need to survive. They are also usually flavored to make the treatment more enjoyable.
If you do these four things, your smile will finally be protected from tooth decay. At Smiles Dental, we care for you and your smile, and we want you to have the best oral health possible, which is why we strongly recommend cutting back on soda. If you need help doing so or if you have any questions or concerns, please call 503.980.4657 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ken Waddell. We will be happy to help you!