Surprising Causes of Tooth Decay
If you brush and floss just like you are supposed to and visit Dr. Frame twice a year for a professional cleaning, you may assume your risk of tooth decay is low. However, some surprising things may be increasing your risk of tooth decay that will require either a filling or a root canal.
• Sinus and allergy medications
These medications tend to dry your mouth, and this dryness is more than just uncomfortable. It can also increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
• Depression and anti-anxiety drugs and untreated anxiety
These medications can dry your mouth much like allergy and sinus medications, but untreated anxiety can be just as bad.
• Fruit juices, vitamin waters, or sports drinks
The combination of sugar, natural and artificial colors, and acids can feed oral bacteria and weaken dental enamel.
• Diet sodas
Diet soda contains acids that can weaken and erode teeth and dyes that can stain them.
• Chewable vitamins and cough syrups
Sweet and sticky medications and supplements leave your teeth vulnerable to decay by feeding oral bacteria.
• Cereals, starchy foods, and dried fruits
Foods that are sticky tend to be difficult for saliva to rinse away, and since they stay on your teeth longer, they feed oral bacteria longer, too.
You can take steps to reduce your risk even if you need to take medications or have other risk factors. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.
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