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17/Jul/2024

Fizzy water is damaging our teeth as its acidity wears down enamel, an expert warns.

Sparkling water is more acidic than the plain version of the beverage, which is made worse by its common inclusion of additives, according to Dr Edmond Hewlett from the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Drinking fizzy water causes a chemical reaction that produces carbonic acid and gives the drink its distinctive ‘crisp’ taste, however, that same substance may also seriously damage our dental health.

Fizzy water-drinkers should be particularly careful not to swish it around their mouths when drinking.

Yet, those with a high saliva flow may be able to get away with drinking the beverage more often.

Additives make fizzy water worse

Dr Hewlett said: ‘The dental safety of sparkling water is not a heavily researched area.

‘What we do know, however, is that many commonly consumed beverages (for example, waters, juices, sodas and sports drinks) are, to varying degrees, acidic, as measured by their pH.’

Acidic drinks are known to erode enamel, yet according to Dr Hewlett the additives put into fizzy water may make the problem worse.

Saliva flow may be protective

Dr André Ritter, chair of the department of operative dentistry at the University of North Carolina, added: ‘If you’re sipping and keeping that acidic drink in your mouth and swishing around every time you sip, and if you do this often, multiple times a day, then that’s probably the most dangerous kind of behavior when it comes to tooth wear.

‘If you’re healthy and if you have normal saliva flow, you’re less vulnerable so your risk is lower, you can possibly drink a little bit more, more often.’

Ritter added fizzy water is still a better option than other soft drinks, however, plain mineral water is the safest choice when it comes to dental health.

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17/Jul/2024

There are many changes that come along with aging. Hearing and vision problems are among the most common ones. But while taking care of one aspect of your health, you may be ignoring some very important changes taking place elsewhere – in your mouth, for example.

Your oral health is very prone to age-related changes which, if left unattended, could be setting you up for some serious health problems.

6 things to know about your teeth as you’re aging

Your oral health is linked to heart disease: It may not be obvious, but what goes on in your mouth can impact your heart. Numerous studies have pointed to the fact that gum disease may trigger heart disease. This is because the low grade inflammation in your mouth can contribute to plaque formation within the arteries. This inflammation also increases your risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and some forms of arthritis.

You should avoid dry mouth: Saliva plays a crucial role in the remineralization process in your mouth which helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. Dry mouth is a common side effect in seniors taking many different medications. Unfortunately, this condition puts you at risk for tooth decay as well as other oral health issues. To combat this, it’s advised that seniors increase their water intake and use a nighttime rinse.

Invest in a good toothbrush: With many muscle, bone, and joint problems seniors face, brushing teeth with a traditional toothbrush can be a challenge. It is recommended that seniors opt for an electric toothbrush to ensure proper care for their teeth and gums.

Increase fluoride: Using a fluoride toothpaste is much more effective for protecting teeth and gums than using a fluoride mouthwash alone.

Be mindful of your diet: What you eat can play a big role in your oral health. Seniors often don’t get enough calcium or vitamin D, which are necessary to keep teeth strong. Aside from monitoring your calcium and vitamin D intake, it’s also important to reduce your sugar consumption as it increases the risk of cavities and rotting teeth.

Go see your dentist: Regardless of whether you have dentures or not, you should be seeing a dentist regularly as they can spot changes in your oral health early on before complications arise. Your dentist can ensure that your dentures are fitting properly and check for oral cancer signs, too.
As you can see, proper oral care is essential for healthy aging. By following these recommendations, you can keep your teeth and gums strong.

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17/Jul/2024

Keeping on top of your oral hygiene should be at the top of your agenda. Here are 10 ways to make sure your mouth stays healthy.

1. Pro Brushing

Brush your teeth twice daily, in the morning and evening (at least). Plaque takes 12 hours to deposit on the teeth surfaces and transform into bacteria, which can attack your enamel or harden into tartar. Top tip: try to hold your toothbrush pointing towards the gum line using circular motions.

2. Keep your mouth in check

Go to the dentist at least twice a year for a check-up. This will allow your dentist to notify you of problems such as decay and gum disease.

3. Go electric

Buy an electric toothbrush and use it for 2 minutes, it has been proven that it removes much more plaque and food debris than the manual one. Make sure you can use it at a low speed so it doesn’t damage the gums. Top tip: a tooth brush head should be changed every three months.

4. Flaws in your flossing

Floss or use inter-proximal brushes in between teeth at least once daily as the food or bacteria get first deposited in between teeth and more likely to develop inter-proximal decays or gum inflammation. Top tip: wrap the floss around your index fingers, use a new piece of the floss for each tooth and floss against the tooth to avoid damaging the gums.

5. Improve your technique

Minimise the amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush: dry cleaning has been proven to be more effective than when using a lot of toothpaste as the mechanical effective movement of removing plaque is dramatically reduced when we feel the mouth fresh using a toothpaste .

6. Don’t forget your tongue

Make sure you clean your tongue as well as many bacteria colonise its surface giving bad breath. Top tip: you can buy special tongue cleaners or simply use a spoon upside down.

7. Stop smoking

Smoking will not only stain your teeth but it also reduces the blood supply to the gums and causes/aggravates gum disease, it can also lead to oral cancer.

8. Can the fizzy drinks

Stay away from acid fizzy drinks as they will erode your enamel and make it more exposed to bacteria. Top tip: try water instead you can always add citrus fruit to the mix.

9. Bye, bye sugar

Reduce sugars in your diet, especially honey or spreadable chocolate or sticky sweets which will go in between teeth and very difficult to brush them off, sugar is the major culprit for tooth decay.

10. Healthy foods

Eat plenty of vegetables like carrots or celery or greens which will naturally brush your teeth and cleanse the surfaces.

Dr Nina Bal DBS (Hons) is a dental surgeon specialising in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics.

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