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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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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