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How the Sugar in Soft Drinks Is Affecting Your Oral Health

July 25, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Peter Suh
Sugar Affecting Oral Health | Van Nuys Dentist

Although soda consumption has decreased in recent years, it is still threatening the dental health of millions of people each year. The problem is that the acids and sugars in soft drinks are bad for your teeth.

Other sweet beverages, such as energy drinks and fruit juices, are also your teeth’s worst enemies. Candy is hard on your teeth as well. The acid content in all of these softens the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay.

The best way to combat the negative effects of soft drinks is to avoid them altogether. Another way to minimize their impact is to regularly see your Van Nuys, CA top dentist, Dr. Suh.

The Truth about Sugary Foods and Drinks

It is particularly dangerous for children to ingest sugary drinks and foods because their tooth enamel has not yet developed completely. Mountain Dew, in particular, is known among dentists as one of the worst culprits, and they even have a name for it: Dew mouth.

Avoiding candy and sugary beverages is the best defense against tooth decay, as well as twice daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist. But if those things are going to be consumed, chewing a sugar-free gum that contains xylitol after meals can be helpful. Another trick is to rinse with a high-quality dental mouthwash after indulging in these foods and drinks.

It also goes without saying that two trips to the dentist each year for examinations and cleanings are also essential to taking care of your teeth and gums. With regular dental exams, your dentist can detect the earliest signs of tooth decay and treat it before it gets worse.

Call Us Today for an Appointment

Has it been a while since your last dental examination and cleaning? Make an appointment with Dr. Peter Suh, a top dentist in Van Nuys, CA. We look forward to seeing you!


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