We all know that soda isn’t good for your teeth. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that energy drinks and sports drinks can be just as bad for the health of your smile. Regular consumption of soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks can leave your teeth vulnerable to cavities and dental infection. In today’s blog, we discuss the dangers of sports and energy drinks and offer tips on protecting your smile from decay.
Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
Sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks all have one thing in common: high levels of acidity. When the presence of oral acids in the mouth elevates, enamel erosion may develop. Erosion of enamel allows bacteria to reach the sensitive layers of dentin beneath the surface of the tooth. Soon, tooth decay forms. Common symptoms of decay include:
• Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
• Persistent toothaches
Without treatment, the decay may spread until bacteria reaches the inner pulp. Once this occurs, the tooth may eventually die and require extraction.
Safeguard Your Smile
Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to safeguard your smile against tooth decay. First, reduce your daily consumption of drinks high in acidity and sugar, including sports drinks. Instead, drink water, especially fluoridated water. Fluoride helps to remineralize your enamel, strengthening your teeth. Next, maintain proper dental habits by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, as well. This helps to cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria and oral acids. Finally, always attend routine checkups and cleanings. During these visits, Dr. Stensland will watch for any signs of burgeoning dental issues, such as tooth decay, and recommend immediate treatment.
Visit Your Williamsburg Dentist
Do you need to schedule a checkup or cleaning? Regular dental care helps protect your teeth from tooth decay. Talk to Dr. Steve Stensland today for more information. If you have a cavity, Dr. Stensland can restore your smile with a tooth-colored bonding material or a natural looking dental crown. If you require dental assistance or would like to learn more about our many services, contact our Williamsburg dental office today at 757-645-4055.
Also, check out our YouTube Video here to see what Dr. Steve has to say about energy drinks.