Check out these interesting dental facts!
Does the question, “Can I have a cola with that?” sound familiar? It should. Just as quick as people make the common decision to add a soft drink to quench one’s thirst, they are just as quick to forget the potential harm these drinks place upon their teeth and overall health. What we drink has just as much impact on our oral health as what we eat.
Sugary drinks, such as fruit juices and soft drinks, contain the same sticky sugars found in candy, cookies, and chips. These sugars attach to teeth and can create plaque build-up, which leads to acid production. Unfortunately, over time, this bacterium can destroy tooth structure, causing cavities. However, proper oral healthcare can aid in prevention.
Choosing healthier choices, such as water and milk, can reduce the amount of sticky sugars placed on teeth. But, for those who live for soft drinks, lemonades, and fruit punches, proper home health care must take place. We must be mindful to remove plaque daily from our smiles, by implementing proper brushing and rinsing techniques. If possible, brushing and rinsing after every meal and drink is ideal; however, this is not always feasible with our schedules. By ensuring that teeth are brushed at least twice a day and flossing takes place daily, cavities are less likely to occur. Overall, we must be mindful to limit our intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages as these choices are threats to our oral health.
Next time you select your beverage of choice, be sure to cheer to healthier options and a healthier smile!
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