Soft Drinks and Tooth Erosion
We now consume 3 times more soft drinks than twenty years ago. Consumers of sports and energy drinks also fall into this category. Unfortunately, most people do not know that soft drinks contain high acidity that attacks the teeth and causes dental erosion.
1. What is dental erosion?
There are the acids in foods and soft drinks or from the stomach that cause dental erosion. Such acids soften the tooth enamel. At first, this often goes unnoticed because it is painless. At an advanced stage, when the enamel has eroded further, the base of the teeth becomes bare and often causes sharp pain when exposed to hot and cold. If erosion already exists, brushing your teeth can further aggravate the problem. Regular inspections can detect this erosion and suitable advice max be offered.
What should be done to prevent erosion?
The most effective prevention is to consume sugary drinks as little as possible. It is important to rinse your mouth with water or milk to eliminate most acids. This will help to protect the enamel. The longer the acid remains in the mouth, the more harmful the impact. Another tip is to drink with a straw.
Finishing a meal with cheese helps to rebalance the pH of saliva. Indeed, the calcium in dairy products has a protective role on teeth.
2. Child caries is making a comeback
Why put sugar in a drink for infants? So called “baby bottle” tooth decay is rapid and destructive especially as the enamel of primary teeth is much more delicate. During sleep, the protective effect of saliva against acids is reduced. It is crucial therefore, to avoid giving toddlers a sweetened bottle at bedtime, or even worse, all day long. At night, only give your child water or milk to drink!
When it comes to treating “baby bottle” cavities, young children do not understand the situation and often refuse to cooperate. Thus, the use of general anaesthesia becomes unavoidable. A real problem, especially when the treatment lasts longer!
3. Prevention starts in the cradle
To prevent tooth decay, it is important to introduce your child to oral hygiene as soon as possible, i.e. from the first tooth. Until the age of eight or nine years, parents should carefully brush their children’s teeth at least once a day, so that all dental surfaces are cleaned. Alas, after a hard day at work, checking that your children’s teeth are properly brushed, so easily falls by the wayside!