Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, heads Southwest Family Dentistry, a practice located near Denver, Colorado. As well as performing cosmetic and emergency dental procedures, Dr. Robert Madden advises individuals on good dental hygiene and dietary choices for healthy teeth, including watching one’s consumption of soda.
Soda has long had a bad reputation with dental health professionals, and for good reason. When a person takes a sip of soda, the sugar in the drink reacts with bacteria present in the mouth. The result of this reaction is an acid that breaks down the enamel of the tooth and makes a person more susceptible to tooth decay. This occurs in everyone who drinks soda and other sugary beverages, but children and adolescents face the greatest risk, as their tooth enamel has not finished developing.
In order to prevent damage to the teeth, either limit soda consumption or change how you drink it. Sipping even one soda slowly all day can be harmful. Each sip results in the formation of acid, and if this occurs bit by bit throughout day, the damage can add up. Rinsing the mouth out with water after drinking soda can help keep the teeth healthy if done over time.
Some people might view diet soda as a more tooth-healthy alternative since it doesn’t contain natural sugar. However, it also contains acid, and can wear down the teeth over time the same way sugared soda does. A dentist can provide additional guidance on how to care for the teeth while enjoying soda in moderation.
Dr. Robert Madden practices at Southwest Family Dentistry. Robert Madden, DDS, MBA, has many professional interests as a dentist, including the construction of crowns.
Crowns serve several functions, such as supporting a tooth that has broken or eroded, covering implants, and keeping a bridge in place. They can also prevent damage to a weak tooth and hide a discolored one. Several types of crowns made of various substances can accomplish these and other goals:
– Stainless steel crowns are temporary, remaining in place until a permanent crown is available from a laboratory. They are popular in children’s dentistry because they cover teeth soon to be lost and require only one visit.
– Metal crowns require less removal of natural tooth tissue. They are longlasting and hold up well to biting and chewing.
– Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look more natural because they match the color of other teeth. However, the porcelain in them can break off. All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide a better color match than porcelain-metal but are less strong. All three types tend to wear down the opposing teeth.
– All-resin crowns are an inexpensive choice, but they are more likely to break than porcelain-fused-to-metal ones.