The Dangers of Soda

The Sugar and The Acid In Soft Drinks

Love Coke or Diet Coke? Did you know that Coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar? With this amount of energy from a can or bottle of this famous soft drink, no wonder it’s addictive. Indulging in high-sugar soft drinks is mostly associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. But it’s not only that. Sodas can also have negative effects on your teeth, potentially leading to cavities and tooth decay.

Soda’s high sugar content get into nooks and tight spaces in the grooves, sides and hard to brush areas of teeth, including under the gums. In a matter of hours, bacterial colonization turn them into plaque. Decay can set in and cavities formed. Dental erosion is another type of decay that results from acidic liquids contacting your teeth. Sodas, like Coke and Diet Coke, have levels of phosphoric acid that can bathe the entire tooth structure and erode or thin away enamel. This can lead to sensitivity, pain, or cracking of the enamel. Did you know that this is the same phosphoric acid used in industrial cleaners?

Did you know also that Coca Cola’s deep brown color is actually a dye? It’s caramel dye that actually does not add any flavor to the soda but can contribute to staining of the teeth. The teeth becomes yellow, and the more yellow it becomes, the weaker is the enamel. Your teeth looks unhealthy, and that can affect your smile and your confidence.

The best way to keep from damaging your teeth is to do away with soft drinks or soda completely, or reduce your intake. If you must, choose the ones that are less acidic, like Sprite or Diet Coke. Or else, use a straw that limits the contact of the drink with your teeth. Take water after you’ve had soft drinks.

Avoid drinking soft drinks before going to bed for you are letting sugar and acid stay in contact with your teeth overnight. Remember, after taking soda, don’t brush your teeth immediately. Your enamel has just been exposed to cola’s acidic content and brushing right away will only erode your teeth much quicker. Gargle with water first, rinsing off any remaining sugar and acid clinging to tooth surfaces, your tongue, gums and other structures. After a while, you can brush.

Know What’s Good and Bad for Teeth

The next time you reach out for a can of soda, think again. Your Bellingham dentist recommends wise choices for food and drinks to keep your dentition in better condition much longer.

Is Oil Pulling Good For Teeth?

Oil Pulling: Like A Mouthwash?

You must have heard about oil pulling – that’s swishing oil around the mouth, like it were mouthwash. This 15 to 20-minute remedy is said to be an Ayurveda practice in India some 3000 years ago, aimed at keeping breath fresh and clean, eliminating bacteria and whitening teeth. Ayurveda texts claimed that oil pulling is not just for dental issues, but can cure over 30 systemic diseases as well.

Washing with a tablespoon of oil in the mouth might be uncomfortable for most people for the taste and texture of oil is novel. It can take some getting used to, keeping in mind that the benefits outweigh the negatives. Some people like sesame oil, others find coconut oil more pleasant. Done first thing in the morning, oil is swished around the mouth, the jaws moving up and down as though chewing, but what’s important is the oil be kept moving around. It collects bacteria this way, so you don’t swallow the oil. Spit it out, rinse with water, and proceed to brushing and flossing.

Oil pulling is a natural cleansing process. Oil is capable of cutting through plaque and removing toxins. Plaque is said to be fat-soluble. Lipids in the oils pull out or absorbs toxins from the saliva. The mix usually ends up turning thick, viscous and white. Once it reaches this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed. Some studies have shown that teeth, gums and jaws are strengthened; the process also prevents bad breath, cavities, gingivitis, bleeding gums, and dryness of the mouth.

People who have tried it say it is an oral health treatment, but when practiced regularly, the process benefits the rest of the body as well. They say oil pulling can relieve migraines, correct hormone imbalance, reduce inflammation, allergies, eczemas, and improve vision. It can also treat digestive issues, support normal kidney function, and detoxify the body of heavy metals.

While oil pulling benefits are proved by testimonials and some studies, there are quarters who say that the remedy may be beneficial to oral health, but further research may be needed to make claims that it can also treat medical conditions.

Fact From Fiction In Bellingham

Why don’t you ask us, your Bellingham professionals, about oil pulling? Know more about it and separate what’s true and what’s not. We all work for everyone’s oral health here at Tetrick Family Dentistry in Bellingham.

Is Your Mouthwash Losing its Effect?

Effect of Mouthwash

Regularly rinsing with a mouthwash is a strong choice for your daily oral hygiene routine. A good, antibacterial wash is able to get into even the hardest-to-reach places in your mouth and kill off much of the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease throughout the day. Unfortunately, bacteria are resilient organisms; they are constantly adapting, and every generation that is subjected to your mouthwash makes the cultures in your mouth slightly more likely to survive next time.

According to a study conducted by Clinical Research Associates, the harmful bacteria in your mouth will gradually build up a resistance to the active ingredients in your mouthwash. Using the same product for an extended period of time means that you will be getting a lesser effect later on.

In order to avoid this, try rotating your mouthwash products; if you just finished a bottle of mouthwash that uses alcohol as its active ingredient, look for a different product that uses a non-alcoholic antibacterial agent. By the time you are finished with this second product, your oral bacteria should be more vulnerable to the first again.

Proper Dental Care by our Bellingham Dentist

For more tips on proper dental care, talk to our Bellingham dentist. If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact our office directly during our office hours