These days most people are aware that some products like soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks aren’t the best for your health. These drinks are loaded with sugar and can negatively affect your body in many ways if consumed too much.
Your teeth and gums are one area of the body that are greatly affected by the consumption of sugary drinks, and it is important to limit your consumption, especially when you have any type of orthodontic treatment.
Not just sugar
Soda is a huge threat to the health of your teeth because not only does it contain unhealthy amounts of sugar, but it is high in acid as well. Acid creates a problem for your teeth called decalcification. This is when acid dissolves the enamel on your teeth making your teeth weak or even soft. Once your enamel is dissolved there is no way for it to come back.
Soda and braces
Bacteria can easily build up around the brackets of your braces. If you have been drinking many sugary drinks, the sugar and acid can get trapped between your teeth and braces, increasing the intensity of decalcification. This can cause permanent discolored spots to form around your braces.
Soda and Invisalign
Drinking sugary drinks with Invisalign can risk the health of your teeth as well. One great benefit of Invisalign is the ability to take them out at any moment. The only thing that should ever be consumed while your aligners are in your mouth is water. They should be removed for any other food or beverage.
Drinking sugary beverages while wearing your aligners results in sugar getting trapped between your teeth and the trays, increasing the chances of decay.
Overall, the consumption of sugary drinks with braces and Invisalign can lead to decalcification, tooth decay, and cavities. All of which can have lifelong consequences and expensive procedures to fix.
How to prevent decalcification
Luckily, all of this is preventable by taking a few simple measures to ensure the health of your teeth during your orthodontic treatment. Follow the steps below and visit Cosmo Ortho for all your Lakeville orthodontic needs to ensure your healthiest smile yet.
- Avoid soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and any other drinks with high sugar content. If you must drink these types of beverages, do so sparingly and use a straw to decrease contact with your teeth.
- Brush and floss your teeth after eating and drinking. This will help prevent the build up of bacteria.
- Use fluoride toothpaste or rinse. Fluoride is important in keeping your enamel strong.
- Visit your dentist every six months for proper cleaning.