Soda’s Effect on our Teeth

Soda has been known to be an unhealthy drink and it’s detrimental effects on teeth should not come to any surprise.  But you may be surprised on what exactly it does to your teeth.
Soda has the potential to do significant damage to your teeth.  Research has been done on this issue and some studies found that it may be just as corrosive to your teeth as drinking battery acid.  Even more startling is that the damaging effects can begin their destructive process in as little as 3 minutes after consumption.

Sugar creates a problem with the teeth because it fosters bacteria growth.  These bacteria produce acid and it is this acid that causes tooth decay. To add insult to injury, most soda’s contain phosphoric acid which is also damaging to the teeth’s enamel.  This is the same substance that dentists use as an etching solution to clean and scour your teeth prior to putting on braces or applying fillings.  Although the phosphoric acid in dental applications is a lot stronger than what you find in sodas, it still should be avoided none the less.  Since tooth erosion causes hypersensitivity and can be far more serious than tooth decay.

The last thing is to be aware of is cavities and staining.  Soda adds layers of sugars to your teeth that turn into plaque.  In time this produces an unsightly yellow shade to your teeth. So what can be done to prevent this from happening?  The most obvious answer is to stop consuming foods that are harmful to your teeth.  Also avoid energy drinks as these have as much sugar or more than soda. If you must drink soda, drink it with a straw to protect your teeth and rinse your teeth out with mouthwash after drinking. It is important to take good care of your dental health.  Teeth are one of the few places on our body that cannot easily heal themselves.

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Recognizing and treating toothaches

In its most basic form, a toothache is described as having pain in or around a tooth. If you’ve ever experienced this type of pain, you know it can grow from a mere annoyance to being a full-fledged medical problem. Usually, toothaches are caused by tooth decay and cavities, but they can also result from an infection. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is caused by a combination of poor dental hygiene and genetics. However, a toothache can also be a sign of an earache, abscessed tooth, jaw or mouth injury, or even a heart attack. To treat the pain, it is recommended that you contact your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment. The benefit for you, as a True Dental Discounts customer, is that you can be assured that you will get pain relief at a significantly reduced cost.

To help ease the pain during the time it takes to get in for an appointment, over-the-counter pain medications can also be taken. If the toothache is caused by a decayed tooth, your dentist may suggest such treatments as antibiotics or a root canal. As a final note, it’s especially vital that you seek medical care if your toothache is causing you severe pain, if it lasts longer than one or two days, or if it is accompanied by a fever or earache. Your dentist will be able to treat the symptoms and can even take X-rays if the cause is not easily determined. Be prepared to answer questions about the frequency and strength of the pain, any associating symptoms, and factors that worsen the pain (for instance: drinking, consuming cold liquids, or chewing). If you have any doubts, the best course of action is always to seek the advice of a professional. This will save you from experiencing ongoing pain around your teeth and restore you to full health.