If you are one who tends to drink soda often, your smile is vulnerable to tooth decay, and it’s time to change your ways. Each time you take a drink, your tooth enamel softens, which allows the formation of cavities, and no one wants that! Cavities are extremely painful dental problems that destroy the smile quickly, and it is best to avoid these problems. So, to help you start protecting your smile, we recommend doing the following things:
· Substitute soda with different drinks: There are many delicious drinks in the world that won’t damage your smile, so why don’t you start drinking some of those? As long as the drink is sugar free and it doesn’t have the acidic substances soda has, you are on the right track. Some recommended beverages include milk, 100 percent fruit juices, and water.
· Rinse your mouth with water: Rinsing your mouth with water will help wash your smile after you have consumed a sugary drink. The water will gently glide over your teeth and rinse away any harmful particles that are clinging to your smile.
· Properly clean your smile: Oral hygiene is vital, especially if you are a soda drinker. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend that you floss once a day as well as rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash daily.
· Use professional fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments are extremely beneficial. They come in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish, and they strengthen and nourish your teeth, giving them the ability to fight off tooth decay. These treatments are generally available when you come into our office for a dental cleaning and exam.
Doing these four things will help you have a strong and healthy smile once again. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Smiles Dental today at 541.378.4423 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Natanael Repta. Our caring dental team is happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you!