Dr. Stern is a Willoughby Hills dentist who would love nothing more than to help his patients avoid the need for cavity repair or other restorations. In our office, we have created an atmosphere in which teamwork is a key element. We get to know our patients and seek to understand their unique needs through thorough discussion and in-depth examination using state-of-the-art equipment like digital x-rays and illumination. Additionally, we discuss the ways in which teeth and gums can be protected from harmful oral bacteria through healthy lifestyle choices.
Professional dental care is received only twice a year. That leaves patients responsible for their oral health between dental visits. What we do to care for our teeth in this time can mean the difference between a great checkup and the need for cavity repair or other restorative treatment. It also means the difference between comfort and a potentially painful problem. We know through research that a lot of consideration should be given to what we put into our mouths, particularly what we drink.
Sugar and tooth damage
We typically think of sugar as a cause of tooth decay. There is good reason to avoid sugary beverages and foods. Sugar residue left behind after meals and snacks feed bacteria, and bacteria leave an acidic byproduct on teeth. The acid from oral bacteria weakens tooth enamel. We advise our patients to be mindful of acidic foods and beverages as well.
How healthy is that drink?
In response to a call for healthier living, many parents have attempted to curb their children’s consumption of soda, choosing instead to offer sports drinks. Older children and many adults have also taken a liking to popular energy drinks. What dentists have seen with the increase in sports and energy drink consumption, however, is tooth erosion.
In studies, the effect of acidic beverages like sports drinks was evident within a five-day period. The amount of damage caused by energy drinks was double that of sports drinks. These findings are alarming and remind us that we need to be very careful about what we consume on a regular basis if we wish to protect our teeth as well as our general health.
In the 44092 area, your dentist at Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills has the experience and the dedication to help you and your family to enjoy optimal oral health. Call our office today to schedule your dental check-up.