soda decaySince childhood, many of us have heard about the potential dangers of drinking soda. Like with most things, moderation is key when it comes to consuming soft drinks. For those who drink them excessively, the risk of severe tooth decay is strong. In some cases, the decay can be so severe that soda drinkers might need cosmetic or restorative procedures — like dental crowns — to fix the damage. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist talks about the potential dangers of excessive soda drinking and the procedures we offer that can help remedy the damage.

What Soft Drinks Do To Your Teeth

According to research published in the Journal of Zhejiang University Science B, soda can cause severe decay for those who drink a significant amount each day. When this is coupled with poor brushing and flossing habits, one’s enamel can erode and lesions can occur. Surely, you’ve been told about the risks of drinking soft drinks by your parents or dentist, but this study shows how severe the damage can be. Interestingly, it also points out that the decay can become worse when treated with toothpaste that does not have fluoride in it. In fact, the damage can become so bad that individuals suffering from advanced decay could need to undergo cosmetic procedures to fix their smiles.

How We Can Help You Regain A Healthy Smile

If you are suffering from severe tooth decay — from excessive soda drinking or from other causes — we can help fix the damage. As mentioned above, if there is a lot of damage done, a dental crown can help. They go on top of your existing teeth and help strengthen them. Because they are made from high-quality ceramic, they seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile, making them indistinguishable from your natural teeth. If you suffer from discoloration, teeth whitening is another option. Although it should be noted that this procedure is most effective when it comes to surface-level stains. If you suffer from deeper ones, porcelain veneers could be the better choice. 

If enough damage has been done, we may suggest an extraction to remove the tooth. This is most viable when we cannot save the tooth. Do not worry, though, this is a common procedure, and we will work with you to provide you with an implant to fill in the gap. Overall, we are confident in our ways to help you regain a healthy smile and feel confident in your teeth once again — even when you have suffered from severe decay and damage.

Contact Us To Learn How We Can Fix The Damage From Soda

Whether you suffer from decay caused by excessive soda consumption or for any other reason, we are here to help. To ask questions or to schedule an appointment, please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143.