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Sugary Drinks and Dental Caries

Sugary Drinks and Dental Caries

When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, it's important to make sure you brush and floss, but it's just as important to be careful of what you eat or drink as well. There is a long list of foods and drinks that are not good for your teeth. In fact, they can actually slow down or reverse any good that your dental hygiene routine is doing.

Sugar drinks, such as fruit juices, sports drinks and soft drinks, are definitely on this list. Drinking too much of these drinks can cause lots of dental problems, including gum disease, tooth decay and even bad breath. 
Tooth decay occurs when sugar meets with bacteria in your mouth and produces acid. This produced acid and the acid that your drinks already contains attack your teeth and weakens them. Each acid attack lasts for about 20 minutes. Every time you take a sip of the drink, the acid damages begin all over again. This ongoing acid attacks eventually dissolve the tooth enamel and lead to caries and cavities. 

How to avoid decay and erosion:

Drink sugary drinks only in rare occasions, if at all.
Use a straw, so your teeth are less exposed to the sugar and acid in the drink.
Take a sip of water after a sugary drink to help rinse out your mouth and dilute the sugars.
Use fluoride toothpaste. Also do not brush your teeth right away after you drink a sugary or acidic drink. Wait at least an hour so your teeth can recover and your enamel can remineralize before you brush them.
Do not drink a sugary or acidic drink slowly or over a long duration. 
Never drink sugary or acidic drinks before you go to bed.
Drink water instead! It has no acid, no sugar and no harm :) 

Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.




CAD/CAM dentistry is a field of dentistry and prosthetic dentistry using computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to enhance the method and formation of dental restorations, especially the involvement of crowns, veneers, inlays & onlays, bridges, dental implant restorations and orthodontic appliances.

Some dentists have CAD/CAM machines available at their dental practice.

CEREC technology is a common one used by dentists.

CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction and is a system that creates strong, customised, metal-free dental restorations, usually within a single appointment.

In the course of one visit, the damaged tooth is prepared and the CEREC machine takes a computer image of the tooth, meaning there are no impressions required. The use of this technology means the restorations are very detailed and accurate.

The CEREC software creates and electronic model of the tooth, the dentist will then use this model to create the restoration for the tooth and the finished creation is sent wirelessly to an in-office milling machine.

A high-grade ceramic material is then manufactured to complete the new crown by use of the CEREC machine.

The crown may require some minimal finishing touches which the dentist can do and then it is placed directly on to the tooth.

The CEREC restoration is the perfect size, shape and shade for each patient’s individual smile.

Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.


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