Soft Drinks and Orthodontics

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Soft Drinks + Orthodontic Treatment =

A Recipe for Disaster

Many people are not aware that soft drinks – even diet soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and fruit drinks – contain acids, which can be especially troublesome for people in orthodontic treatment. Acids pull calcium out of the enamel, making the tooth soft to the touch and dissolves tooth enamel, a process called “decalcification” and can lead to cavities. It is recommended that you avoid soft drinks during your orthodontic treatment so that your teeth stay healthy and strong, and you finish your treatment with a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile.

If You Must Drink a Soft Drink

Drink soft drinks through a straw
Have soft drinks with a meal
Brush right away after drinking a soft drink; if you can’t brush right away, at least rinse with water
Drink the soft drink quickly; avoid sipping over a long period of time – each sip renews the acid attack on the teeth

Be Smart

Drink water and milk
Brush and floss as recommended
Fluoride strengthens teeth – use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride rinse
See your dentist at least every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up, or more often if recommended

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