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Do you like to kick back and enjoy a nice, refreshing, ice-cold soda during the game? If so, then think again! Soda can severely damage your smile if you let it, which is why our dental team encourages you to reduce your intake. The soda can create enamel erosion and tooth decay. These two dental issues often result in tooth sensitivity and enamel erosion. To help you avoid or limit soda intake, we recommend the following:

-Drink healthier drinks: It’s best that you start drinking healthier, sugar-free beverages rather than soda. Some drink options to choose from are milk, 100 percent fruit juices, and water. If you drink a beverage that has less sugar and acid, your smile is much better off.

-Rinse your mouth: After you drink soda or a sugary liquid, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Rinsing will help you wash your teeth and free them from the sugar that clings to their surfaces.

-Properly clean your smile: Make sure you properly clean your smile after you have consumed a sugary drink. Brush your teeth for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You should also rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash after you brush and floss. The rinse will complete the cleaning job and it will strengthen your smile.

-Use professional fluoride treatments: Professional fluoride treatments are extremely beneficial. They come in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish, and they strengthen and nourish your teeth, giving them the ability to fight off tooth decay. These treatments are generally available when you come into our office for a dental cleaning and exam.

Call Rick Jackomis, DDS today at 703-444-9244 if you have any questions or concerns. We want you to have the best smile and oral health possible in Sterling, Virginia, so we are happy to help you in any way we can. Dr. Rick Jackomis, also asks that you call and schedule an appointment if you think you currently have dental cavities or tooth sensitivity. Our dentist is happy to meet with you, examine your smile, and take care of any issues that are altering your oral health.