One of the main reasons people develop cavities is by consuming beverages that are acidic and high in sugar. These beverages include sodas, sports drinks, and fruit juices. It is best to avoid these all together, but if you plan on drinking them, here are some tips to prevent cavities.
- Do not sip on the drink – Studies have shown that the amount of time the sugar and acid stays on your teeth is worse than the amount you drink. This means that is better to drink your beverage in one sitting as opposed to taking small sips over a prolonged period of time.
- Use a straw – By using a straw, less of your beverage will come in contact with your teeth, especially your front teeth.
Swish with water – As we discussed earlier, the longer that the sugar and acid stays on your teeth, the worse it is for your teeth. Therefore, if you rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda, it will wash away some of the sugar and acid that have accumulated on your teeth. Also, you want to avoid brushing for at least an hour after drinking. The acid in soda will soften the enamel of your teeth, so your teeth need time to re-harden before you brush as the bristles of the toothbrush can abrade the soft enamel.
Make sure you are keeping up with your dental exams and cleanings so we can keep your gums and teeth as healthy as they can be.