Acid attacks on your teeth can last 20 to 30 minutes.
That’s coming from Dental Hygienist with Mill Street Dental Hygiene, Mandy Kutchcoskie. She says that eating sugary foods like candy, pop or energy drinks over a long period of time has the potential to cause your teeth to decay.
“It’s more of the frequency than the quantity, it’s better to drink (pop) right away as opposed to sipping on it all afternoon,” she explains. Kutchcoskie says the acid in these foods and drinks will attack your teeth for 20 to 30 minutes and then settle, but the attacks will continue all afternoon if you’re drinking throughout the afternoon.
When it comes to health, she says that flossing is something you should add to your routine. Kutchcoskie says she sees the difference with patients who floss twice a week, which is only eight times a month. “Someone who is a daily flosser is removing bacteria which you didn’t get with the brush and it causes less inflammation,” she says.
What about those baby teeth? Kutchcoskie says that it’s very important to stay on top of your child’s dental hygiene habits. She says that often people don’t care because they know that the baby teeth will eventually fall out. That’s not the case, she says. Baby teeth are holding a spot for the next set of teeth which means that if a cavity starts and a tooth prematurely falls or decays, a spacer will need to be put in place to keep the gap open for the next tooth about to grow in. “Dental hygiene is all about prevention,” Kutchcoskie says. Children should come in to get a cleaning every nine months, adults every 6 and heavy tartar builders every four months she says.
Kutchcoskie states that it’s important to keep your mouth healthy because it mirrors the inside of your body. She adds that neglecting to brush and floss can cause the bacteria to travel in your bloodstream which could cause health issues later on.
Written by Devon Jolander