Carbonated soft drinks can cause tooth decay, but despite the fact that the experts do not recommend them, we can’t always completely avoid them. Children drink carbonated drinks more often then adults and they resist temptations even harder. Try to avoid drinking sugary fizzy drinks as much as possible. Their harmful effect is doubled, because they contain sugar and acid. To minimize their adverse effect on teeth, you should consider a couple of tips.
How to drink carbonated beverages and keep your teeth healthy?
1. Drink through a straw. This can reduce the amount of acidic and sugary liquid to be in a contact with your teeth.
2. Drink during meal. The best time to drink carbonated beverages is during or after a meal. This is the way you can remove sugar and acid from your mouth more quickly. If you eat after having a fizzy beverage you will neutralise oral environment, which is better for your teeth. It is important that your sugar stays on your teeth as little time as possible.
3. Finish the bottle of carbonated beverage soon. Do not sip fizzy drinks for a long time. Whenever you eat or drink oral bacteria start to produce an acid. Saliva needs 15-30 minutes to neutralize this acid and to start hardening the enamel. If you are sipping a drink slowly throughout the day, your saliva doesn’t have enough time to protect your teeth, so caries can begin to form through time.
4. Rinse your mouth with water. After the intake of carbonated beverage rinse your mouth with water. This is better way than brushing. Water washes away a lot of sugar and acid. Brushing immediately after drinking or eating is not recommended due to the abrasive effect of the brush and toothpaste on the softened enamel.
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