According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than a third of the population drinks sweetened beverages regularly. Consumption of soft drinks, electrolyte drinks and sweetened juices is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancers, especially when consumed in conjunction with an unhealthy diet.
Even with these warnings, sugary drinks remain a temptation. As your dentist in Pascoe Vale, Dr Amir Kiaee want you to understand the impact that sugar and soft drinks can have on the long-term health and appearance of your smile so that you are armed with accurate information to make essential choices for your health.
Sugar – A Catalyst for Decay
Bacteria cause decay by creating an acidic environment in the mouth. Unfortunately, many soft drinks are already acidic, making the problem worse. Dental decay is a preventable disease when you follow a few simple steps:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice daily.
- Floss in between teeth daily. Don’t forget behind the posterior teeth!
- Visit your dentist for regular cleans and check-ups.
For patients who have a history of dental decay, we also provide fluoride treatments and fissure sealants for added protection. We make recommendations based solely on your individual needs and will be happy to discuss how you can avoid fillings in the future
Microorganisms and Periodontal Disease
Since sugar provides fuel for bacteria, a poor diet can cause periodontal disease. This includes pockets between the teeth and gum tissue, painful inflammation and halitosis.
No matter the current condition of your oral health, our team is here to help you achieve a healthy smile that contributes to improving overall health and wellness. Preventive dentistry also helps you spend less time in the chair, and while we love to welcome you to the clinic, we will cheer you on when you get a clean bill of health. Contact Lumino Smiles Dental to book.