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How Does Soda and Candy Damage the Teeth?

Danny O'Keefe D.D.S. May 25, 2011

A bit of candy or an ice cold glass of coke every now and then is a great way to unwind, but overindulging may mean lasting damage to your teeth. This is one of those truisms we hear a lot, but have you ever wondered just how candy and soft drinks can lead to dental problems? If so, Jackson, Mississippi area cosmetic dentist Dr. Danny O’Keefe would like to take a moment and address that concern.

First of all, it should be noted that tooth decay and cavities as a result of soda and candy consumption can be avoided if you brush your teeth and floss regularly. In general, these issues of tooth decay affect people who neglect to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss every night. Even if you avoid eating candy and drinking coke, tooth decay can still affect you if you don’t take good care of those teeth.

The main issue when it comes to candy and soft drinks is sugar content. The sugar in soda and candy can lead to plaque and tooth decay down the line if they are not thoroughly cleaned. This is especially important as sugars can get into little nooks and crannies between your teeth. Without thorough cleaning, decay can occur.

Another issue when it comes to soda and candy consumption is tooth discoloration. The sugars as well as the natural and artificial coloring inside of these substances can gradually stain your teeth over time. As a general rule, if a substance can leave a stain on a white t-shirt, it can lead to staining on your teeth given enough time.

There are plenty of options for dealing with these issues. One is to take preventative steps. Be sure to limit your in-take of candy and sodas, and practice regular dental hygiene. For tooth decay, dental fillings, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and various bonding options may help enhance the appearance of your smile and health of your teeth. As for tooth discoloration, there’s always Jackson, Mississippi teeth whitening, which can brighten a smile by several shades in just one hour.

If you would like more information on your various options for fighting tooth decay and tooth discoloration, contact our Flowood, Mississippi cosmetic dentistry practice today.

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