Welcome back to our dental implants blog! Last time we wrote, we talked a bit about how alcohol could potentially be ruining your smile. In that post, we briefly spoke about pop and its effects on your teeth. Today, Dr. Andre Hughes returns to talk a little bit more on the subject. Pop is a widely consumed beverage. It is not uncommon to see it consumed by the gallons during parties or at sporting events. However, we believe a lot fewer people would partake in the tasty beverage if they only knew how bad it was for their teeth. In fact, pop can actually corrupt your teeth to the point where you will need to have them removed and replaced with dental implants. We encourage our many current and prospective Toronto, ON tooth restoration patients read on to learn more.
Pop attacks your smile in two main ways. These are:
One of the main reasons why pop is so bad for your teeth is because of how much sugar goes into it. In fact, a small can of pop can have as much as 33 grams of sugar. When you drink pop, this sugar ends up plastered to your teeth, where it will begin to attract bacteria. Using the sugar present on your teeth as fuel, these bacteria create acids that will proceed to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. This is called tooth decay, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
The second way that pop is affecting your oral health is through its carbonation. In order to carbonate a beverage, carbonic acid is used. Much like the acid produced by bacteria on your teeth, carbonic acid will also eat away at the enamel protecting your teeth. Every time you drink pop, your teeth are exposed to a 20 to 30-minute-long acid attack. After enough of these attacks, your teeth will be too weak to defend themselves from other oral conditions.
If you are unwilling to give up pop, there are some steps you can take that will protect your teeth at least a little bit from the effects of the tasty treat.
If you do happen to drink enough pop to end up having to have a tooth removed, then rest assured that we can use dental implants to restore your smile. Fortunately, the titanium and porcelain of implants are immune to the effects of sugar and carbonation, though you should not use that as an excuse to keep drinking large amounts of pop! If you would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Andre Hughes today.
Dr. Andre Hughes
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Toronto, ON M6G 1L6
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