Dr. James Park DMD and the team at Park Dental of Colmar are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Colmar PA and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, family, general, laser, preventive and restorative dentistry.
Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation-including sparkling water-has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).
So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth? According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth-and here's why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth.
Keeping your teeth clean, smooth and beautiful... Proper oral hygiene is your key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are our and the American Dental Association's recommendations for at home care:
Brush 2-3 times every day with a flouride toothpaste (it doesn't matter which brand)Floss once a dayEat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, etc)Limit consumption of sugary foodsand beverages. Soda drinks can destroy teeth faster than almost anything elseEliminate or at least limit use of alchol, chewing tabacco, and cigarettes We also recommend using an electric high-speed toothbrush in conjuction with a waterpik for your daily at-home oral care.
And don't forget six-month professional cleanings and checkups. The American Dnetal Association recommends checkups every six months for those ages four and older.
Professional cleanings by qualified hygienists will remove bacteria and plaque, which can cause serious dental problems if not kept in check.
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about flossing and if it is good or not! Kind of reminds me of coffee, some studies say is good for you and others say it isn't.
Our dental office believes that flossing is beneficial to a person's general oral health. Our staff is trained to address the issues of proper flossing to our patients on an individual need basis. We promote many different tools used to effectively and safely clean between the teeth.
If you are concerned with the recent news reports, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to review your concerns and make sure you are properly caring for your teeth.