Soft drinks are no longer an occasional treat. They’ve become a daily habit for kids, teens, and young adults. A steady diet of soft drinks is a leading cause of tooth decay.
Did you know?
- Sugar in pop combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid.
- Acid in soft drinks, whether they contain sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakening tooth enamel.
- Diet or “sugar free” pop is high in acid.
- The acid attacks your teeth. Each acid attack lasts about 20 minutes.
- The acid attack starts over again with every sip.
- Ongoing acid attacks weaken your tooth enamel.
- Bacteria in your mouth cause cavities when tooth enamel is damaged.
- If you have a receding gum line, acid does more damage below the gum line than above it. This is particularly a concern for adults.
What should you do?
- Eliminate all soda from the diet through the age of 18.
- Drink water instead of pop. It has no sugar, no acid, and no calories.
- Get regular checkups and cleanings to remove bacteria buildup (plaque).
- Use fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth. Brush and floss daily.
source: “Soda Pop – What You Should Know!” wvdentalvillage.com Wenatchee Valley Dental Village, Web Feb. 21th 2018.
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About Pediatric Dentistry Of Pleasant Hill
You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.
We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am
The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.
We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.
Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.