You have probably been seeing coconut water everywhere – even in your local convenience store. We think that is good news, especially in light of the new report from NBC news showing the effects sports drinks have been having on our teeth! Sports and energy drinks may have seemed like a healthier alternative to sodas. In reality, they are so highly acidic that they can damage enamel and cause tooth decay and sensitivity. Teeth are affected by the pH levels in your mouth and some sports drinks have such a low pH as to be almost equivalent to stomach acid! Not at all beneficial to your tooth enamel – especially if you are sipping on them all day. Coconut water has a pH of about 5.4, which is a very body-compatible pH. If you have been washing your teeth with the acid of sports or energy drinks, come see us for a checkup and a fluoride treatment. Call me, Lawrence J. Winans, in Lewisburg, PA at 570-524-4454.
It’s a frightening trend. Studies show that tooth decay in young children is on the rise. With this news, it’s clear that children’s fluoride treatments are more important than ever.
Why is tooth decay increasing? Consider what our children are eating and drinking these days – soda, juice, candy, sweets. The list is endless and the nutritional value non-existent. They’re getting too much sugar that damages the teeth – and not enough fluoride that protects the teeth. As a result, there’s more cavities and decay.
Fluoride is one solution to the problem. Fluoride is a natural mineral that protects and strengthens the teeth against cavities. It occurs naturally in water and many municipal water sources are fluoridated.
Help put a stop to your child’s tooth decay. Don’t give your child juice boxes or bottled water. Fill a bottle with fluoridated tap water. Make sure your child brushes his or her teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Most importantly, schedule your child for professional fluoride treatments twice a year. If your child is due for a fluoride treatment, contact my Lewisburg dental practice today.