The Corrosive Properties of Pop

Pop can be dangerous to your teeth. There are many substances that are consumed every day that are working against the health of your teeth. Of these, one of the most dangerous and most enjoyed is pop. Pop is pervasive. Walk into any restaurant and take a look around and you are likely to find a good number of people drinking pop with their meal. Unfortunately, pop is very bad for our teeth, and can corrupt and rot our teeth to the point where they will need to be removed. While we have plenty of tooth restoration treatments that can be used to reverse the damage done by pop, you are better off giving the sugary substance up. Today, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar is blogging from his Williams Lake, BC area office to talk about pop and what makes it so bad for your teeth.

 

Don’t Let Pop Compromise Your Oral Health

There are two main reasons for why pop is so bad for our teeth. The first of these reasons is the fact that pop is full of sugar. Every time you drink pop, this sugar is plastered to your teeth, where it will begin to attract bacteria. Using the sugar present as fuel, this bacteria creates acids which will proceed to eat away at the enamel of your teeth, eventually reaching the sensitive inner layers of the tooth. This is called tooth decay, and, if left alone, it can spread around your mouth, corrupting your teeth and ruining your smile.

The second reason why pop is bad for your teeth is because of the carbonation. In order to carbonate soda, a substance called carbonic acid is used. This acid, much like that produced by the bacteria on your teeth, is able to eat away at the enamel protecting your teeth. In fact, every time you drink pop, your teeth are exposed to a 20 to 30-minute long acid attack. Enough of these attacks can leave your teeth defenseless against bacterial infection.

If you would like to partake in pop but would like to lessen its effects on your teeth, there are some precautions you can take. These include:

  • Drink your pop through a straw as this will prevent your teeth from getting a full blast of sugar and carbonation.
  • Drink your pop quickly in order to prevent your teeth from receiving a second acid attack from a single can.
  • Drink water as soon as you can after your soda. By doing this, you can wash away some of the sugar and carbonation left behind on your teeth.

Call and Schedule a Consultation at Williams Lake Smiles

As you can see, pop can have a drastic effect on your oral health, resulting in the need to have teeth pulled. With these effects, on top of the fact that pop is so bad for your general health, it may be best to consider completely cutting the substance out of your life. If you would like to learn more about the effects pop has on your smile or about the treatments we can use to reverse the damage done by it, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rudy Wassenaar.

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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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