JANUARY Newsletter 2016
Sugar free means mouth-healthy? Not always
Sugary soda is known as the enemy of oral health, but it’s not the only offender. A recent study, performed at Melbourne’s Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre, revealed that sugarless sports drinks and soft drinks can lead to measurable tooth damage. While sugar substitutes may be harmless or even beneficial to teeth, many popular drinks contain acidic ingredients.

Although we often hear that sugar causes cavities, it isn’t a direct cause. Bacteria feed on sugar, and the process creates an acidic environment. The acid is what actually erodes teeth. Therefore, foods and beverages with a high acid content can be just as damaging as those containing sugar. Researchers found that most sports drinks and soft drinks softened tooth enamel by one-third to one-half. Additionally, 75 percent of sports drinks tested caused measurable loss of tooth enamel.

How can you quench your thirst without decaying your smile? Here are a few tips:
  • When in doubt, reach for water.
  • Check the label. Don’t just look for sugar, but also for acidic ingredients, such as phosphoric acid and citric acid.
  • If you eat or drink something high acid, rinse your mouth promptly with plain water. Wait about an hour before brushing, so that your teeth can regain their natural hardness.
  • See a dentist regularly.

Are you suffering from seasonal sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a fairly common concern, which can have many causes. When the problem is temperature, people often alter their diets, such as avoiding ice cream or drinking room-temperature water. However, in the throes of frigid January weather, it can be impossible to avoid cold. Outdoors, simply opening your mouth to speak can cause tooth pain. To make matters worse, your chilled teeth are even more sensitive to that warm cup of cocoa or coffee when you come inside.

Although sensitive teeth may not seem like an urgent dental problem, it is a good idea to come in for an evaluation to determine the cause. It can be something as serious as an infected root canal or fractured tooth, either of which may result in tooth loss if not treated. In some cases, sensitivity is caused by thin enamel or gum recession. Depending on the severity, you may choose corrective dental treatment, or you may find sensitivity-control toothpaste to be sufficient. With appropriate treatment, you can greet the winter wonderland outside with a smile.

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