If you’re a big soda drinker, your smile is in grave danger. With the crazy amounts of sugar and acidic substances in the beverages you drink, you tooth enamel weakens and it allows tooth decay to form. Even though cavities are one of the most common dental problems, they need to be avoided at all costs. So, to help you protect your smile from tooth decay, we recommend doing the following things:
· Substitute soda with healthier drinks: Instead of soda, drink sugar-free drinks, milk, and 100 percent fruit juice throughout the day. Doing so will help you lessen your chances of ruining your smile.
· 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: 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: When you come into our office for a dental cleaning and exam, we will give you a fluoride treatment that will come in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam. It will generally be flavored to give you more of an enjoyable experience, and it will nourish and strengthen your smile while it is in your mouth.
If you need help doing one or more of these four things, please call Smiles Dental today at 360.553.3271 and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarah Barber if you need advice from your dentist. We look forward to hearing from you!