January 6, 2017
As a parent, you are responsible for helping your family. (Sometimes, that even includes your spouse!) That means you need to worry about everyone’s dental health. Call us today at 231-366-4182 to schedule dental cleanings and dental exams for everyone in your family. Our dentists know how to work with people of any age. We even see children as young as one year old.
Keeping Your Family’s Teeth Healthy
Sure, there are drinks and even foods that your family can skip (or at least enjoy less often) to help. However, there are three things that are the most important ways to keep teeth and gums healthy:
1. Brush your teeth twice each day with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Floss your teeth at the end of every day.
3. Get a dental cleaning and dental exam at least every six months at our Norton Shores, MI dental office.
Many dental problems can be traced back to harmful bacteria. Cavities, gum disease, and infections are all caused by them. They survive by eating tiny particles of food left behind in your mouth after you eat and drink. That’s why cleaning your teeth (brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings) are so important.
Why Dental Exams Are Crucial
Even with such regular care, problems can creep into your family’s teeth and gums. That’s true even for children who don’t yet have their permanent teeth. At Community Shores Dental, our team is highly trained. We also know how to work well with kids. In fact, we love seeing them here!
Dental exams include fully digital X-rays for better details with much less radiation. Our dentists are experienced enough to include a visual exam that includes an oral cancer check. By finding any problems caused by food or drink now, you can save time and money by treating problems while they are still relatively small.
Drinks That Can Hurt Your Smiles
It’s true that brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings do an incredible job of protecting your family’s teeth. That said, here are four common drinks that can hurt teeth more than others. You might not have to eliminate these entirely, but be aware that you probably should limit them.
You know how sugar is bad for your teeth. That’s because those harmful bacteria go crazy for the stuff. Sugar helps bacteria grow out of control, creating problems like cavities and gum disease.
Fruit juice does have a lot of healthy vitamins such as Vitamin C. However, it also has a lot of sugar. Even all-natural fruit juice is loaded with sugars. When your family has a glass of juice, that sugar coats their teeth and gums. Use juice as an occasional treat to help keep bacteria under control.
If sugar is really that bad, then wouldn’t sugar-free drinks like diet soda be good? Normally, the answer is yes. However, diet soda is still a problem. To balance out the sweetness, manufacturers put a lot of acid in soda. Studies have shown that acid corrodes enamel, making it weaker.
As with fruit juice, your family coats their teeth and gums in acids when they drink diet soda. This won’t create a huge problem in one day or anything. But if your family drinks diet soda regularly, they can be damaging their enamel.
COFFEE AND TEA
There seems to be a high-priced coffee shop on every corner these days. Unfortunately, coffee and tea can be bad for your family’s smiles in several ways. First, both are highly acidic. This can damage enamel as with diet soda. Second, most coffee drinks are packed with sugar. Some are really milkshakes with coffee added.
Then there’s the stains. Coffee and tea both leave behind tiny stains on your enamel. At first, they’re too small to see. But in time, they will turn a white smile into one that’s dull and dark.
Everyone is supposed to be exercising more. That means sports drinks are more popular than ever. They’re specifically designed to help your body recover after exercise. How do they do that? By loading up on carbohydrates.
Carbs are almost identical to sugar. Drinking a bottle of a popular sports drink can coat your family’s mouths with sugar just like drinking a bottle of regular soda. This can easily lead to more cavities, gum disease, and more.
Call us TODAY at 231-366-4182 or use our convenient online form to schedule dental cleanings and dental exams for your family. Our dental team has the right mix of training and experience to help keep your smiles healthy.