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Everybody likes a cold drink on a hot day, but as we get closer to summer, a recent brochure issued by the American Association of Orthodontics issued a fair warning to those receiving orthodontic treatment. It states, “Soft drinks, including regular and diet soda pop, fruit drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks, weaken tooth enamel. They are even harder on teeth with orthodontic “appliances,” such as braces or aligners. It is recommended that you avoid soft drinks during your orthodontic treatment so that your teeth stay healthy and strong, and you finish your treatment with a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile.”

The brochure goes on to explain that the acid contained in these types of drinks is the real culprit because it can cause permanent decay of tooth enamel and cavities. While a patient is receiving orthodontic treatment, it is especially important that their teeth remain as strong and healthy as possible.

While patients receive orthodontics treatment, there are several things that they should do. First, avoid soft drinks and sugary drinks as noted already. Water and milk are acceptable alternatives. Second, regular brushing and flossing is key for everyone, but especially important for those with braces and teeth aligners. Fluoride toothpaste is useful in strengthening teeth. Finally, patients should schedule regular professional cleanings and checkups (more often if recommended by the dentist.) First, Drink soft drinks through a straw. This will prevent the drink from washing over the tooth. Second, have soft drinks with a meal. This will help to prevent the sugars and acids from just sitting on the teeth. If possible, brush right away after drinking a soft drink; if you can’t brush right away, at least rinse with water. Finally, drink the soft drink quickly; avoid sipping over a long period of time – each sip renews the acid attack on teeth.

Protect your teeth. Once enamel is diminished, it cannot be regained. If you have any concerns about the condition of your teeth, contact your local dentist and schedule and appointment. If you are in the San Antonio area, Check Dental can provide you with a breadth of treatment options and orthodontic care. Call and schedule a free consultation and get quality care for your teeth.

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