This month our conversation is all about beverages and orthodontic appliances. Most patients undergoing treatment or who are getting ready to start treatment are familiar with the foods that should be avoided, but beverages are a little less familiar. In this post, we are going to discuss the hazards of soda and tooth decay.
Is soda off limits?
Moderation is key. While soda is usually a drink to avoid, every so often it is okay. Having soda everyday is not a good idea because it is full of sugar. The natural occurring bacteria in the mouth mix with saliva and food particles to form a sticky film called plaque. Plaque adheres to the teeth, and the bacteria in the plaque feed on the sugars and starches from food and drinks, such as soda. As the bacteria snacks, they release acids that eat away at the tooth enamel, which will eventually lead to tooth decay. Add in braces and wires and there’s even more places for those sugar bugs to hide! Check out the image below to see how quickly sugar from soda can effect the health of your teeth.
Three helpful tips to avoid tooth decay caused by sugars in soda:
- Remember the Key: Moderation. Avoid drinking sugary drinks every day.
- After finishing your soda, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
- Brush at least twice a day, preferably three, to remove the plaque from you teeth.
As always, Dr. Hough and his staff are always here to answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us today if you have any questions related to your orthodontic treatment at 636.346.8213.