September 17, 2020
For some, September is the start of football or school. For others, it’s the beginning of Pumpkin Spice Latte season! Whether you are heading to a pumpkin patch, doing some holiday shopping, or simply driving to work, snagging a warm apple cider, delicious salted-caramel hot chocolate, or cinnamon chai tea along the way can help you soak up all the fall festivities. However, indulging in hot drinks like these can wreak havoc on your oral health. Read on for how it can affect your teeth, as well as prevention tactics and how your dentist can help!
So, How Do Fall Treats Affect Your Teeth?
While your sipping on your favorite seasonal beverage, one important question may come to mind: are hot drinks bad for my teeth? For decades, dentists across the U.S. have warned patients of the dangers of beverages that are high in sugar. While soda is often viewed as the number one culprit of tooth decay, sweet seasonal beverages can contain almost as much sugar. In fact, one PSL can contain 7 teaspoons of added sugar alone! So, it’s not surprising that patients who indulge in these drinks frequently experience stubborn stains and significant tooth decay.
How to Effectively Protect Your Teeth
Forgoing festive drinks entirely can be difficult, especially since they are a staple of the season. Instead, focus on implementing effective prevention tactics, like using a straw and drinking plenty of water to prevent the sugar from sticking to your teeth. Plus, a solid oral hygiene routine is equally as important. So, don’t forget to brush twice a day, floss daily, and use mouthwash regularly.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Proper, consistent at-home dental care can do wonders for the health of your teeth and gums. However, the instruments your dentist has at their office are far superior and can effectively remove stubborn plaque and tartar. If your teeth have already developed significant stains or tooth decay, then they can discuss which treatment options can restore your smile. That way, your teeth and gums don’t stop you from enjoying all this season has to offer!
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry pursued his undergraduate degree at Nicholls State University before earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery at LSU School of Dentistry in 1982. Following graduation, he continued to emphasize the importance of education by staying up to date with the latest technologies and techniques through continuing education courses. Over three decades later, he has helped countless patients achieve pristine oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have discoloration, tooth pain, or think you need dental work done, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 504-348-0080.
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