When it comes to dental health, it is more than just regular brushing and flossing. We put various food and beverages into our mouth daily, and they can have a profound effect on our teeth both negative and positive.
Soft drinks or sugary drinks are prominent on the negative list. Yet, even though they have a known effect on our dental health, people often reach for them to quench their thirst. Even though there are known consequences to excessive drinking of these high in sugar drinks, they are still consumed heavily by both adults and children. But what do they actually do to your teeth?
It is known that sugary drinks can have a detrimental effect on our bodies when consumed regularly, but even small dabbles in sugary drinks can impact your dental health. This is because the sugar from these drinks can latch onto your teeth, which the natural forming bacteria in the mouth consumes, leading to the production of acid. The over production of the acid starts to eat away at the enamel of the teeth, making the teeth thinner and weaker than how they would usually be. This heightens the risk of cavities forming. This is what makes sugary drinks one of the most common forms of tooth decay.
Avoiding the Damage
When it comes to sugary drinks and tooth decay, the best way to minimise deterioration is to avoid the drinks altogether. There are many healthier options that will quench your thirst and aid your teeth, such as water.
If you are looking to consumer healthier alternatives for fruit juices, try your hand of making it yourself so that it contains natural sources of sugar and a higher fruit concentration overall.
More than that, ensure that if you are consuming soft drinks regularly that you take precautions that can slow or subside the effects of sugar on your teeth. This includes rinsing the mouth out with water after having sugary drinks, as well as brushing after consumption.
For those that cannot help but indulge in the sugary drink, ensure that you keep up a healthy dental routine to combat the effects. Toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride can help to protect your teeth against cavities, whilst strengthening enamel. The best way to stay on top of any decay is by sticking to regular visits to your dentist.