Soft drinks and energy drinks are causing a major epidemic of tooth decay!
A recent study has found a spike in dental decay and tooth erosion in young university students and young professionals! The cause – energy drinks and soft drinks! Changes in diet have caused an ‘epidemic’ in tooth erosion, which is not only irreversible, but also costly to treat!
So put down that energy drink and think twice before you consume food or beverages that contain high amounts of sugar, yes even the ‘sugar-free’ or ‘diet’ varieties. It was found that these were just as bad at causing decay and tooth erosion as their original counterparts!
Look after your teeth and eat well…
Foods high in sugar and acidity are natural enemies to your teeth, and will cause damage as soon as they hit your lips. At Harris Dental Boutique in Bundaberg we understand how detrimental food and drink can be to your teeth, which is why we urge our patients to incorporate good oral hygiene at home to combat decay and other dental conditions.
A good oral hygiene routine…
To ensure your dental health between check-ups, you should be:
- Brushing your teeth two times a day: morning and night. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to ensure your teeth and gums are not harmed, and brush at a 45 degree angle.
- Floss at least once a day, preferably before sleep. During sleep we do not produce as much saliva, which means food particles stuck between your teeth become the ultimate breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
- Visit our Bundaberg practice every six months so we can evaluate, diagnose and treat any oral conditions in their infancy.