Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

Making decisions about your smile can be confusing. Should you have a tooth pulled or get a root canal? Should you get adult braces or stick with a retainer? Should you use at-home whitening remedies or have your teeth professionally whitened? If questions like these are keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. I used to stress out over routine dental procedures, and as a result, I did loads of research on everything dental-related. To help others, I'm using this blog as a place to collect, review and share what I've learned through the years. I hope you can use the information here to help you plan and prepare for your next dental appointment.

Substances to Avoid to Prevent Damaging Your Dental Plate

A dental plate is the device that is used to anchor false teeth. This orthodontic appliance is prescribed to dental patients who have missing teeth and would like to conceal the gaps in their teeth. Dental plates also function to restore functionality in your mouth, such as chewing, and prevent your remaining teeth from moving out of position, which can become compromised if you have a significant amount of teeth missing. Dental plates can be made from an array of materials. The most commonly used material is titanium due to its inherent sturdiness. However, you may also find dental plates made from plastic or cheaper metals. If you would like to ensure that your dental plate does not acquire any damage, here are some of the food substances that you should steer clear from.

Steer clear from carbonated drinks

Soda is a popular beverage with most people due to how refreshing and sweet it is. However, regular consumption of soda and other carbonated drinks poses the risk of gradual abrasion of your dental plate. These fizzy drinks are typically chock full of sugar. With excessive consumption of soda, the sugar content stimulates the production of bacteria on your teeth, which leads to the gradual decay of your remaining teeth.  

Additionally, these carbonated drinks have high acidity. Some people have the misconception that as long as the fizzy drinks are sugar-free, then their teeth will be safe. The truth of the matter is that sugar-free carbonated drinks are still acidic and will cause the gradual abrasion of your dental plate as well as teeth.

Ingest citrus foods and drinks in moderation

One thing most people will agree on is the benefits of vitamin C for your overall health. Typically, vitamin C will be present in citrus fruits. Citrus fruits are also a good source of fibre for your body. However, it should be noted that too much of anything, even a good thing, can end up being bad for you. Citrus fruits also tend to be highly acidic.

By consuming large amount of citrus on a daily basis, you are risking damage to your dental plate. This does not mean that you should completely cut citrus out of your diet. Instead, ensure that you regulate your consumption of it. It is also advisable to rinse out your mouth once you have ingested anything high in citrus so as to eliminate any acid that may be lingering on the dental plate.