Like any alcoholic beverage, hard seltzer is more acidic and can damage tooth enamel, and once the enamel is damaged, it is damaged forever. It can also cause a dry mouth, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow.
Carbonation Of Sparkling Water
Although sparkling water is generally considered a healthy alternative to carbonated water, it is more acidic than still water. This acidity can also cause damage to enamel and plaque formation, which can lead to cavities.
“Wait, these hard fizzy drinks were low or no sugar!” Yes and no. Alcohol itself is made of sugar. Added sweeteners and flavourings can increase the acidity and sugar content of a drink. Increasing the amount of sugar and acid in a drink can cause tooth sensitivity.
What Should I Do?
While it might be easy to stop the fun and tell someone to stop drinking, we know that this may not be a realistic request. Instead, remember to drink a glass of water after every hard celery drink. Doing so will not only help to slow down the effects of the alcohol but will also rinse the harmful acids out of your mouth. If you’re looking for an alternative drink, we recommend denim and soda. Gin has the lowest sugar content and soda will not cause acid to build up in your mouth. This small change can ensure your (and your dentist’s!) smile.
First impressions can be lasting, and a smile can make a big impression. At Ideal Smile Dentistry, we want to help boost your confidence with a healthy and beautiful smile. Whether we look at your entire smile or just the “social six”, there are many options available to patients.
What Is The “Social Six”?
The social six refers to the six upper front teeth that are visible when a person smiles. Many times, when we look at cosmetic procedures we focus on these teeth, but it is important to look at the patient’s smile as a whole and not just the six teeth.
Why Should I Look At All My Teeth And Not Just The Social Six?
There are several reasons why we sometimes avoid looking at just the social six teeth. Firstly, when some people smile, we see more than just the upper front teeth, so we may need to include the lower teeth or several teeth in the upper dental arch. There are also cases where a patient may have bruxism (teeth grinding) or missing teeth, which can cause even more problems if they are not addressed. Focusing on just the front six teeth can lead to problems with chipped or fractured teeth and bite problems.
What Are My Options To Improve The Appearance Of My Smile?
There are many ways to improve your smile! From cosmetic changes to orthodontic corrections, your dental team at Ideal Smile Dentistry can do it all under one roof.
Teeth Whitening: very often, patients are asked to whiten their teeth. Teeth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These ingredients work by breaking stains into smaller pieces and reducing the concentration of the dye, thus making the teeth brighter. There are many options, from home whitening to professional whitening in our clinic.
Veneers: another common method of improving your smile is veneers. Dental veneers are thin, custom-made tooth veneers that cover the front surface of your natural teeth. Veneers are ideal for cracked, chipped, misshapen, discolored or worn teeth, and they help to make your smile more uniform, brighter and healthier.
Orthodontics: Whether you’re considering braces or clear aligners, orthodontics can help straighten your smile. By straightening your teeth, you can better prevent plaque build-up, which reduces the risk of gum disease.
Whether you choose to focus on just your social six or your entire mouth, we offer a wide range of options to help improve your smile and boost your self-confidence.