At our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office, we make it our mission to deliver comprehensive dental solutions under one convenient roof (our office on W. Broad Street). And because our leader, Dr. Roeder, is a trusted preventive dentistry partner, sleep apnea treatment provider, and smile makeover consultant, we can handle most anything around here, including restorations and full-mouth reconstruction. Truth be told, what we want most is for you to have the best possible smile at every stage of life. That’s why, today, we wanted to talk about how you can save your smile simply by avoiding certain things. Don’t get too excited, the dentist isn’t on the list! But if you do need some help relaxing when you come to see us every 3-6 months, you’ll be pleased to know that Dr. Roeder is also one of the few dentists in the region that is certified to administer a wide-range of sedation dentistry methods. So, read through our list of things to watch out for, and then be sure to schedule your next preventive dentistry appointment at Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care ASAP!
No-No Number 1: Soda Pop
Odds are you are going to have one every now and again, but you should not make soft drinks a daily habit. With as much sugar as a bottle of regular soda contains, it is not the best choice for your teeth. Many sodas also contain caramel and fructose, which is basically sugar that coats and sticks to your teeth. Don’t be seduced by diet options either. Even though diet soda doesn’t have “sugar,” all soda is high in acidity. That acid can erode your enamel, making cavities much more likely to appear.
Here’s another preventive dentistry tip: if you aren’t working out, stay away from sports drinks. Gatorade, along with other sports drinks, are really designed to be consumed only after you’ve been sweating a lot. This is why they contain carbohydrates, which is really just another form of sugar. Gatorade might not taste as sweet as soda pop, but it can still do the same damage to your teeth. Water is always the safest choice for your smile!
No-No Number 2: Ice
Crunching on ice cubes is something we all are tempted to do at one time or another. But, no matter what the circumstance may be, you should never munch on ice! Ice is so hard that chewing it can badly damage your teeth. Besides the chance of breaking a tooth, chewing ice also wears down the enamel of your teeth. This could lead to hot/cold sensitivity and even cavities. It can also create problems for your gums.
No-No Number 3: Popcorn
The movie theater variety is never going to be “healthy” with all that butter and salt, but the more natural popcorns are basically a healthy food option. That said, you still need to be careful when consuming it. Popcorn can get stuck between your teeth, which is where harmful bacteria is lurking. That oral bacteria can eat the tiny parts of popcorn stuck there, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. But more than that, there’s also always a possibility that you will bite into an un-popped kernel which is hard enough to damage or break your teeth causing a dental emergency.
No-No Number 4: Coffee Drinks
There’s no doubt that a cup of coffee from the Yum Yum Bake Shop can really get you going in the morning, but it slowly stains your teeth over time, turning your once pearly whites into a nasty brown-yellow color. Worse than that, most coffee drinks have so much sugar in them, they’re as bad for your teeth as a bottle of soda.
No-No Number 5: Alcoholic Beverages
It may be fun to hit a happy hour at The Proper Brewing Company with your co-workers, but there is a price to pay, and we aren’t talking about hangovers! The primary problem we have with alcoholic drinks is that they dry out your mouth. While drinking, your mouth won’t produce enough saliva, which you need to help wash away particles of food or drink from your teeth and gums. Also, some alcoholic drinks have a lot of sugar making them very bad for your teeth. And, if red wine from Unami Ridge is your drink of choice, you will also be staining your teeth.
You Make The Call!
We hope this has all been helpful information. If you are ready to boost the health and appearance of your smile, you can call us at 215-795-4800 or contact us online to get started with a preventive dentistry program in Quakertown, PA!