First of all, we understand why people consume beverages like this throughout the day. There is so much going on in our busy and hectic lives that we could not possibly possess the amount of natural energy to get through it; therefore soda and juice can be used a supplemental resource to provide artificial energy. Although these seem like relatively healthier choices compared to alcohol or coffee, soda and juice are the true enamel eaters.
For those that do not know exactly what enamel is, it is really the only thing that is supposed to keep us safe from decay. Enamel is the clear shield of protective tissue that covers the crown; it is actually known as the hardest substance in the entire human body, this puts into perspective how awful the liquids we enjoy drinking really are. The measure of mineral’s in the enamel weakens with every acidic contact made to the material; this results in discoloration, decay and eventually tooth loss. The only defense mechanism our mouth has left to fight off the acid is saliva, but when these beverages are being consumed on a regular or daily basis, it hinders the amount of saliva produced.
A study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry showed that a “substantial proportion” of adults have dental erosion. The most frustrating part of this is that all patients have to do is regulate their intake of sugary liquids and floss and brush once they finish; this alone could reduce the amount of decay in patient’s mouth.
“Anything with a pH value lower than 5.5 can damage the teeth. Diet and regular soda, carbonated drinks, flavored fizzy waters, sports drinks, some fruit, and fruit juices are all known to be harmful to teeth if they are consumed too often.”
We assume that since we are not chewing a substance, it is not getting stuck in the teeth: this is false. Even in liquids, harmful sugar particles stick to the teeth, erode the enamel and sink into the bone tissue of the teeth to create decay. We must always wait at least a half hour before brushing after drinking these though due to the intensity of the acidic content once the beverage is finished. “Dental erosion does not always need to be treated. With regular check- ups and advice your dental team can prevent the problem getting any worse and the erosion going any further.”
For those patients that are drinking these on a daily basis and not properly maintaining dental hygiene, they are at risk for discoloration and poor dental appearance. We do have a solution that patients could continue to enjoy these fizzy, carbonated drinks without worrying about severe discoloration, this is Porcelain Veneers. Porcelain veneers are flawless artificial teeth that fit right over patients’ natural teeth; these have long- lasting, stain resistant qualities that hide dental flaws completely. They even have the ability to complete cracked or chipped teeth naturally and improve their dental health.
Patients must heed how many harmful beverages they enjoy on a daily basis and need to at least clean their teeth a half hour after drinking these. For those that claim to lack the control, porcelain veneers could be the perfect option.
If you are interested in receiving porcelain veneers, call us at the Advanced Dental Center in Florence, SC. We can be reached at (843) 606-6099.