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We wish everyone a great summer from Dental Health of Boulder.  Come visit us soon.  Call us at 303-443-0070!
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Excited to try these Raw Foods! 
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Soda- Enamel’s Worst Enemy


Here in America, there is soda everywhere. In every restaurant, every gas station, every grocery store. Some people drink more soda than water throughout the day. Most people have some idea that soda is “bad” for your health but most people think it’s because of the sugar content. This is true, however soda also contains acids that erode tooth enamel and lead to gum disease. Specifically these are citric and phosphoric acids. 
Many popular diet and sugared sodas are almost as corrosive to enamel as battery acid! According to the Academy of General Dentistry, any type of soft drink is 10 times more erosive to dental enamel than fruit juice within the first three minutes of drinking it. 
To further specify, enamel is what hardens your teeth and protects the inner layers (dentin and pulp) of the tooth from damage. Your saliva plays a big part in keeping enamel strong and maintaining a balanced pH in your mouth. Saliva washes away acids, such as those in sodas that form plaque and eat away at enamel. These acids also lower the pH of our saliva which allows bacteria to fester on the surface of the teeth and causes the enamel to weaken. As the bacteria multiply in this acidic environment, they can penetrate the enamel and reach the inner layers of the tooth creating cavities and decay. An article from healthyliving.com says “Sodas with high sugar content pack a one-two punch”; first the acid weakens the enamel and then the high sugar content in the soda can easily get into the tooth. Over time, teeth will start to yellow from the dentin showing through the thin enamel. The edges or chewing surfaces of the teeth can become misshapen and uneven. Because there is not as much protection from the enamel, these teeth may be painful, sensitive to temperatures or strong tastes, or cause tingling sensations in the gums. 
Ways to prevent teeth erosion are easy! 
- Cut down (or out) soda consumption
- If you must drink soda, drink through a straw. This helps the soda go to the back of the mouth instead of swished around teeth. 
- Stick to 100% fruit juice and drink LOTS of water
- Consume two or more servings of dairy a day. Eating cheese at the end of a meal can help strengthen your enamel! 
- Rinse your mouth with water after consuming sugar 
- Use fluoride toothpaste 
- See your dental hygienist!
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Check out these recipes and have a great Independence Day!
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Here at Dental Health of Boulder, we offer Visia Skin Analysis featuring the MyChelle skin line! Call and schedule your appointment today! 303-443-0070
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Our orthodontist, Dr. Richter, has had many years of experience improving the lives of children and adults through orthodontic treatment.  Give us a call to schedule a free consultation at 303-443-0070.
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If you are pregnant, there are aspects of your dental health that deserve special attention.  Make sure to ask our staff about it when you come in for a visit and check out our information online.
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How fascinating!  Saliva may well be the key to many diagnostic tests, including a test to detect breast cancer at early onset.
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Electronic cigarettes and your oral health.  What do you think?  Is this safer if you are going to smoke anyway?
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