Springfield, MO – When you buy dental products, do you pay attention to whether that product has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval? Do you know why that might be important to you?
“As far back as 1866, the ADA was helping consumers protect themselves against extravagant claims,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “The ADA Seal of Approval has been around since 1931 to protect consumers against claims that aren’t true or haven’t been proven. The program is voluntary, but brands understand the power the seal holds, and more than 300 products currently hold the seal of approval.”
Springfield, MO – When you feel yourself dragging in the middle of the day, do you reach for a soda or other sugary beverage for a pick me up? A steady consumption of soft drinks is the leading cause of tooth decay.
“We’ve seen a large increase in the number of sugary drinks Americans consume on a daily basis,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “We saw a huge peak in 1998 where the average American consumed 54 gallons of soda a year. In 2013, that number had fallen to 38.6 gallons. We like seeing that consumption of sugary drinks is falling, but we continue to educate our patients on its dangers so they can avoid dental caries.”
How Sugar Affects Your Teeth
When you drink something with sugar in it, those sugars can combine with bacteria that are already in your mouth to form acid. This The acid then attacks your teeth. This occurs every time you take a drink of a sugary beverage, and each acid attack can last 20 minutes. You may think drinking diet or even sugar-free drinks can help, but those contain their own acid. Likewise, fruit juice, energy drinks and sports drinks also contain acid that can damage the teeth.
Over time, these acid attacks weaken the enamel on your teeth. Children are especially susceptible to cavities and tooth decay because the enamel on their teeth is still forming and developing.
But you can fight back against these acid attacks.
“We encourage our patients to limit the number of soft drinks or other sugary beverages they consume,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “If you do drink these beverages, a straw can help limit the exposure of your teeth to the acid and sugar. We also encourage our patients to drink water after to help wash away any lingering sugars.”
Tips on How To Prevent The Negative Way Sugar Affects Your Teeth:
Don’t sip for a prolonged period of time. This just lengthens the number of acid attacks your mouth undergoes.
Avoid drinking sugary beverages right before bed. This allows the sugars to collect and pool in your mouth, causing more damage overnight.
Protect your teeth with fluoride. Use toothpaste with fluoride and drink plenty of fluoridated water. Fluoride strengthens the enamel and can help fight off decay.
Brush and floss daily and maintain regular checkups with your dentist. Visiting your dentist will ensure your mouth is healthy, and your dentist will be able to attack problems before they worsen. Maintaining your oral health is important, and Excel Dental will be with you every step of the way.
If it’s been awhile since your last appointment, or if you’re looking for a new dental home, schedule a consultation today and ensure a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come. Limit your sugary drinks and tooth decay with the help of our dentists at Excel Dental.