Clarinda Clinic, Tooth Pain Dentist Oakleigh, Clayton ::
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth using sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the teeth.
Sugar sweetened beverages have high levels of sugar and drinking these can significantly contribute to tooth decay. Tooth erosion occurs when acid attacks the teeth to dissolve the outer surface of tooth enamel. Regular and ‘diet’ soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, fruit drinks and cordials also have high acid levels that can cause tooth erosion.
Sugar sweetened beverages have high levels of sugar and drinking these can significantly contribute to tooth decay.
You wouldn’t eat 16 teaspoons of sugar in one hit, so why would you drink them all in one go?
To avoid getting tooth decay and unnecessary tooth pain; Drink soft drinks only in moderation, if at all. Take a drink of water, after a sugary or acidic drink to help rinse out your mouth and dilute the sugars. If tooth pain persists, please contact us here, or visit our home page here.
Protect your teeth by using fluoride toothpaste. Also, after drinking sugary or acidic beverages, don’t brush your teeth right away. Wait at least one hour so your teeth can recover and your enamel can reharden before you take the brush to them.
Do not sip a sugary or acidic drink slowly or over a long duration. Doing so exposes your teeth to sugar and acid attacks for longer.
Never drink sugary or acidic drinks before you go to bed – if you do so, the liquid will pool in your mouth, coating your teeth with sugar and acid.
Drink water instead. It has no acid, no sugar – and no kilojoules. Below are some facts about sugary drinks.
Clarinda Clinic has been serving the community of Clayton, Oakleigh, Heatherton, Bentleigh and neary suburbs for over 25 years. If you have tooth pain that needs to be treated, or any other general dental issues that needs to be fixed, please feel free to reach us on 03 9551 4599
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