We all know it: soda is bad for your teeth. However, many people don’t realize that energy and sports drinks are just as bad. Consuming 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 advise you on how to protect 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. The elevation of oral acids catalyzes enamel erosion. Enamel erosion allows bacteria to reach the sensitive layers of dentin beneath the surface of the tooth, which leads to the formation of tooth decay. Common symptoms of decay include: tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and 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 protect your smile. First, reduce your daily consumption of drinks that are high in acidity and sugar. Instead, drink water, especially fluoridated water. Fluoride helps remineralize your enamel, strengthening your teeth. Next, brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. These healthy habits 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? Talk to Dr. Steve Stensland 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 care or would like to learn more about our 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.