Alternatives That Can Improve Your Smile

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Not everyone is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening. Teeth whitening isn’t recommended if you have tooth colored fillings, crowns or bonding on your front teeth. The whitening gel cannot change the color of these types of dental materials, which will make them stand out in your freshly whitened smile. In such cases, patients may want to look into alternative options, such as veneers or dental bonding.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance or function. Veneers can aid in improving teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshaped. Veneers are stain-resistant to classic stains, making them a very popular option for people looking to have a perfect smile. There are two types of veneers:

  • Porcelain veneers. This type of veneer must first be fabricated in a dental lab to fit your teeth and typically requires two office visits. Porcelain veneers cost between $1000-$2,500 per tooth and last from 15-20 years, depending on well you care for them.
  • Composite veneers. This type of veneer is bonded to your tooth enamel in a single visit. Composite veneers cost much less, around $250 per tooth, but only last around 5-7 years.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored composite resin to restore teeth that are chipped or broken, slightly gapped, discolored or misshapen. Bonding can also be used as a cosmetic alternative to silver fillings. After applying a mild etching solution that slightly roughens the surface of your tooth and allows the bonding material to adhere, your dentist will apply the composite resin and will begin to sculpt and shape the bonding material. Following the sculpting, your dentist will use a high-intensity light to harden the material and then finely polish the restoration.

  • Several patients choose bonding over silver fillings due to it looking more natural. The material can be match to your natural tooth color.
  • A disadvantages of bonding compared to silver fillings is that they are bit more pricey, costing from $300-$600 per tooth. Also, because the bonding material is more porous, smokers will see that it yellows.

Only a dental professional can help determine if you’re an ideal candidate for veneers or dental bonding. If you would like to see if you’re an ideal candidate for veneers or bonding, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding dental bonding or veneers.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

Benefits of IV Sedation in Dentistry

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If you’re one of the many people who suffer from dental anxiety or sensitive gag reflex, you know how it feels when you may need a dental procedure or routine checkup. These two factors keep many people from visiting the dentist.

Fortunately, modern dentistry now has many ways to ease a patient’s fears and help relax them during treatments. There are many people that deal with dental anxiety, a sensitive gag reflex or just fear of the dentist in general, and that’s where sleep dentistry comes in.

What is sleep dentistry?

For people that avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety or a sensitive gag reflex, sleep dentistry may be the perfect solution. Many dental professionals use the term “sleep dentistry” when referring to IV sedation. This terminology can be confusing to some, as it suggests that the patient would be asleep during the dental procedure. In reality, patients actually remain conscious and are able to respond to requests during IV sedation. However, patients sometimes don’t remember much or anything at all. This is due to two reasons:

  1. IV sedation induces patients into a deep relaxation and a feeling of not feeling bothered about what’s going on.
  2. The drugs that are used for IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss from the time it’s administered until it wears off. This will make it seem as if time is passing quickly. Patients won’t be able to recall much or anything at all. This is why it may seem as if you were asleep during the dental procedure.

Benefits of IV Sedation

  • IV sedation kicks in right when it’s first administered and the drug dosage can be altered to fit each individual patient.
  • A safe level of deep sedation can be reached with IV sedation, as where oral sedation and inhalation sedation can be unpredictable. IV sedation is safe and effective.
  • Certain treatments can be performed at a fast pace and with fewer office visits with the help of IV sedation.
  • With IV sedation, your gag reflex is greatly diminished. If you are using IV sedation for gag reflex, then your dentist may try inhalation sedation first.
  • IV sedation allows patients to be conscious, while also relaxing them. This allows them to cooperate with the dentist instructions and be relaxed at the same time.
  • Recovery time is typically shorter with IV sedation. This is mostly because the drug dosage can be tailored.

Now that you’ve gotten a little more familiar with sleep dentistry, maybe you’ll be able to visit your dentist to get that much need dental procedure done. Don’t let your dental anxiety or sensitive gag reflex keep you from visiting the dentist.

If you would like to learn more about IV sedation, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding sedation dentistry.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

Dental Crowns and Bridges vs. Dental Implants

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There are many risk factors that can result in tooth loss, such as injury, disease or tooth decay. Thankfully due to modern dentistry, proper dental treatments can replace your missing teeth, and also improve your confidence and smile. In fact, proper dental treatments may even improve your smile in the long run. While there are many dental treatments that can replace missing teeth, were going to focus on crowns and bridges vs. dental implants.

What are crowns and bridges?

Both dental crowns and bridges are known as fixed dental prosthetic devices. Unlike other dental appliances like dentures, dental crowns and bridges can only be removed by a professional. The dental appliance consists of false teeth in the middle and one or more anchoring crowns on either side.  Crowns and bridges are placed by cementing them to the affected tooth, and in some cases to a dental implant. The upside to this dental treatment is that it doesn’t requires oral surgery.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots (or “posts”) that are integrated into the jawbone to support a crown. After being placed into the jawbone through a short surgical procedure, the artificial tooth root must fuse with the jawbone to stay firmly anchored in the correct position. Once the implant fuses with the jawbone (which takes between 3-6 months), a crown is attached to the post. The post protrudes above the gum line and provides a surface where the crown is either screwed or cemented into place.

Bridges compared to implants

Before you choose which dental treatment you would like to go forth with to replace missing teeth, you should take the following into consideration:

  • How long they both last. If taken of care of properly, dental implants can last many years and typically last a patient of the age 45 the rest of their lifetime. The crown may have to be replaced every 10-15 years due to normal wear and tear, but the implant itself is permanent. Dental bridges typically need to be replaced periodically, but can last up to 10 year or more by practicing proper oral hygiene
  • Long-term oral health. Bone and tissues loss occurs underneath dental bridges where the tooth was missing or extracted, which can cause the remaining teeth to become unstable. Dental implants, on the other hand, are the only dental restorations that simulate bone growth, which preserves both the bone and gums.
  • Oral hygiene. Using a specific type of floss and other dental tools are required to clean underneath the dental bridge and to keep them free of plaque. Dental implants require excellent oral hygiene, but can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
  • The appearance. While modern bridges look natural, as the bone and gum tissue are lost over time, gaps can form underneath the dental appliance. Dental implants deliver the high-quality aesthetic results. The crown arises through the top of your gums in the same way a natural tooth would.

When it comes to making a final decision, it all depends on what you’re looking for. The best option would be dental implants, but if you’re looking for quick results and want to avoid surgery, a dental bridge would be best option for you.

If you would like to further explore your options for replacing missing teeth, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

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Do you become anxious at the first thought of having to visit the dentist? If you’re one of the many people who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, you know how stressful it can be to get a simple dental procedure done. Those that suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia typically tend to feel anxious even before stepping foot into the dentist office.

Fortunately, those that do suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, sedation dentistry may be the answer to help relieve their anxiety and fear. Dental sedation can be used in dental procedures ranging from invasive oral surgery to a simple professional cleaning. The method of dental sedation used is all based around the severity of the patients fear and anxiety.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also referred to as “sleep dentistry”, uses medication to help ease and relax patients before or during their dental procedure. There are many methods that can be used in sedation dentistry. As mentioned before, the method all depends on the severity of the patients fear and anxiety. The following includes a list of the levels of sedation:

Minimal Sedation- Patient is awake but relaxed.

Moderate Sedation- Patient may slur words when speaking and not remember much.

Deep Sedation- Patient is on the brim of consciousness but can still be woken up.

General Anesthesia- Patient is completely unconscious.

What methods of sedation are used in dentistry?

The following include the four most common methods of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous Oxide- You simply breathe the nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. This nitrous oxide helps calm the patient’s nerves. This method requires little recovery, however, you will still need to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
  • Oral Sedation- This method involves the patient taking an oral medication the night before and day of the dental procedure. The medication will help ensure that the patient is calm and relaxed during the procedure. The recovery time for this method is a bit longer, so be sure to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
  • IV Sedation- This method is considered to be moderate to deep sedation. This type of dental sedation is administered into the bloodstream, which results in immediate relaxation. Like oral sedation, the recovery time does take longer and you will require a ride home after the dental procedure.
  • General Anesthesia- This is the method of dental sedation which makes the patient either almost unconscious or fully unconscious during the dental procedure. While under general anesthesia the patient cannot be easily awakened until the effects fully wear off. Like all methods of dental sedation, you will require a ride home.

As you can see there are many ways you can conquer your dental phobias and get dental work you need. If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, your dentist will be able to choose the best method of sedation dentistry to help put you at ease during your dental procedure.

If you have questions or concerns regarding dental sedation, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding sedation dentistry.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What’s So Great About Laser Dentistry?

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There are many dental procedures that greatly benefit from laser dentistry. One of the main reasons is due to how precise and effective laser dentistry is for dental procedures. However, the dentist must be experienced and have the ability to use the dental laser correctly to produce the best results without damaging the patient’s surrounding tissues.

What is a dental laser and how does it work in dentistry?

The dental laser is an instrument that delivers a form of intense light. When used in dentistry, the laser can be used as a cutting instrument or can remove or shape tissue. It can also be used for “curing” a dental filling, the laser helps strengthen the bond between the tooth and filling. Dental lasers are also used in teeth whitening procedures. The laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effects of the cleaning agents.

How are lasers used in dentistry procedures?

As I mentioned earlier, laser dentistry can be used in many dental procedures, some of which include the following:

  • Dental lasers remove and reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures
  • Dental lasers remove inflamed gum tissues and help treat gum disease
  • Dental lasers help remove bacteria during root canal treatments
  • Dental lasers speed up teeth whitening treatments
  • Dental lasers can perform biopsy procedures
  • Dental lasers can expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Dental lasers can be used to remove tooth decay within the tooth

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

There are many benefits that you can reap from laser dentistry. In certain procedures, dentists may not have to use a drill or administer anesthesia, thus allowing their patient to have a more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Dental lasers also minimize the amount of bleeding because the intense light beam aids in clotting the exposed blood vessels. They also reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and cavities. Not to mention, laser dentistry helps wounds heal faster and allows tissues to be regenerated as well.

To see if laser dentistry could help improve your oral health, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding laser dentistry.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

ThinkstockPhotos-185147513Have you noticed your smile showing a little bit more tooth or a little bit more gum than before? If you have, chances are, you may have a condition that’s referred to as excessive gingival display, or what’s more commonly known as a “gummy smile”.

A gummy smile can be caused or be a result of the following:

  • The abnormal eruption of teeth may cause an excessive display of your gum tissue. The excess gum tissue may then make the tooth appear much shorter than it actually is.
  • The muscles responsible for controlling the movement of your upper lips could be hyperactive. This could cause your upper lips to rise up higher, exposing more of your gum tissue every time you smile.
  • Irregularities in the growth and development of the upper jaw bone may cause your teeth to show more gums when you smile. For example, if the upper jaws within the gum tissue has some form of excessive bulging protrusion, you definitely would have a gummy smile.

Is a Gummy Smile Just An Esthetic Problem?

The esthetics of your smile is affected by four main factors, which are the shape and size of your lips and teeth, your facial muscles and your gum tissue.

Ideally, a good smile would show as little gum tissue as possible. It is for this reason that those with gummy smiles feel embarrassed about smiling and rarely want to smile.

A gummy smile, though, is not just an esthetic problem. It is possible that behind that gummy smile could be a serious underlying dental condition. For example, if the gummy smile is the result of improper development of the jaw or tooth, it may lead to bite problems that could undermine your oral health in the long term.

How To Fix A Gummy Smile 

The good thing is that there are plenty of available treatments for a gummy smile, and depending on the nature of your specific care, the treatment could be any of the following:

  • For minor cases, same-day laser treatments.
  • Surgical lip repositioning
  • Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to help move teeth into their ideal positions.
  • Surgical sculpting of gingival tissues, as well as bone, or better known as gum contouring.
  • Maxillofacial surgery for bone repositioning.
  • Crown lengthening to remove excess gum tissue (and if necessary, this includes the bone) to create an even gum line and improve the appearance of one’s smile.

Most of these treatments are available at a general dentist’s or cosmetic dentist’s clinic. However, in worse cases, you may have to go to a periodontist, orthodontist or even an oral surgeon for treatment.

So many factors come into play when it comes to gummy smiles, which is why the first step in having it treated is to see a specialist first. There, the dental professional will check your teeth and gums to see if what the appropriate treatment for your particular case is.

If you’re suffering from a gummy smile, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to see what treatment options are available for you. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Are The Different Types of Wrinkles And How Are They Treated?

facial rejuvenation botox and facial fillersAging and the things that come with it are inevitable, but there’s plenty that you can do to help to stave off the effects of father time for a few more years.

Wrinkles, for example, are signs of aging that you can, or rather, should do something about.

The Different Types of Wrinkles

According to the researchers at the University Hospital of Liege, Belgium and their published study that’s found in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science back in 2006, there are four distinct types of wrinkles that everyone has to face eventually.

These are:

  1. Atrophic Crinkling RhytidsThese fine lines are the result of the loss of elasticity in the skin and are usually parallel to one another. They can show up almost anywhere on the face, as well as the body, but may ‘disappear’ when you move your body.

Treatment: These wrinkles are the result of loss of elasticity in the skin, or the loss of collagen. To help stave them off for a few more years, be sure to protect your skin by applying sunscreen whenever you go out of the house. Also, you can use moisturizers to make your skin look more plump and minimize the appearance of these kinds of wrinkles.

  1. Permanent Elastic Creases – These wrinkles are crease lines that may become permanent over time, especially if you’re always exposed to the sun. Although they show up often on the cheeks, these crease lines may also appear on the upper lips and the base of the neck.

Treatment: Minimizing your exposure to the sun and stopping unhealthy habits such as smoking both do wonders in preventing this kind of wrinkling. Also, if you do have to expose yourself to the sun, be sure to use a sunscreen.

  1. Dynamic Expression Lines – These are wrinkles that are the direct result of facial muscle movement. These are also better known as frown or smile lines and crow’s feet.

Treatment: Botox is a type of injectable wrinkle treatment that these types of wrinkles are known to respond quite well to. Botox injections are available at the dermatologist’s and the dentist’s clinic.

  1. Gravitational Folds – As gravity and time takes its toll on the human skin, it begins to fold and sag and that’s when these lines and wrinkles typically occur. It’s been theorized by researchers that having a plumper face can help minimize gravitational folds compared to that of a lean face.

Treatment: Face lifts and other types of cosmetic surgery are the only options as far as this type of wrinkles goes.

While cosmetic treatment is almost always the best choice, it’s not exactly the cheapest. You can yourself a lot of cash by making sure that you don’t stay out of the sun too long and too often, as well as making sure that you wear sunscreen every time you step out of the house. Also, avoiding habits such as smoking and using cosmetic products, such as moisturizers, can help you in your fight against the effects of father time.

Of course, if you can afford them, you can always go for more ‘effective’ and more permanent treatments such as Botox injections and facelifts.

If you’re interested in facial rejuvenation and would like to know more, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Is A Dental Crown and Why Would I Need It?

dental crown and bridge palm harbor flCrowns are fixed dental artificial restorations that are fitted and cemented over the remains of a damaged tooth, or implants.

The dentist may recommend crowns for the following cases:

  • To replace a large filling when there’s little tooth left
  • To protect weak and damaged teeth from further fractures
  • To restore the form and function of fractured teeth
  • To act as an anchor where a dental bridge will be attached to
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover poorly shaped, damaged, and discolored teeth
  • To cover teeth after getting a root canal treatment

The Different Types

  • Ceramic crowns. These are porcelain-based filling materials and best used for front teeth because of their excellent aesthetic qualities that help them blend well with the natural teeth. However, even if the material is highly resistant to wear and staining, ceramic crowns may be susceptible to breaking or chipping if one chews often enough on hard materials.
  • Porcelain infused with metal. These crowns are much more durable than just ceramic ones. They are excellent in preventing leakage and decreasing the chances of recurring dental decay. However, to place this type of crown, a moderate amount of tooth structure will have to be removed by the dentist or prosthodontist.
  • Gold alloys. These types of crowns are often made from a mixture of gold, copper and other types of metals. They are very durable, resistant to wear, fractures and are highly biocompatible with the gum tissue.
  • Base metal alloys. These types of crowns use non-noble metals and are highly resistant to corrosion, as well as very durable. The material is also gentle to opposing teeth and even better is that dentists won’t have to remove as much healthy tooth structure to fit this type of crown.

What To Expect

Crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth or implants to restore the tooth’s shape, function and structure.

When using porcelain and ceramic crowns, dentists can match the color of the crowns to that of your natural teeth so that they do not stand out. However, the same can’t be said for crowns made out of gold and metal alloys.

The procedure for fitting or installing a dental crown typically takes two separate dental visits, with usually a week or two of interval in between each appointment.

During the first appointment, the dentist will have to examine the tooth to see if it’s a good candidate for a crown. If it is, the dentists prepared it by filling it down. If, however, the tooth has received significant damage, your dentist will have to fill it in with enough material so a crown can be properly fitted over it.

After filling the tooth to the proper shape, the dentist will then take an impression of it and its surrounding teeth, and then send it away to a dental lab. There, a dental technician will create the permanent crown. Though, before the first visit ends, the dentist will have to place a temporary crown to protect the damaged tooth until the final crown is ready.

Once ready, the patient will then go back for a second visit where the dentist removes the temporary crown and place the new crown, using a special adhesive to bond it.

Afterwards, the procedure is done and the dentist will then explain to you what you should expect after (such as the adjustment period) and how to take better care of your crown.

Crowns are necessary to help improve, or restore the function and aesthetics of a broken and damaged tooth.

Do not let yourself suffer any longer from missing, worn down, as well as damaged teeth, and your dentist as soon as possible to see if your tooth is a good candidate for a dental crown.

If you are interested in repairing your damaged tooth with a dental crown, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-liberman.com for additional information regarding crowns.

Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What To Do If Your Tooth Chips or Breaks

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Teeth are very strong, but this does not mean they are indestructible. Much like the bone, teeth can chip, crack or break. This may happen if you bite down on something too hard, or if somebody hits you in your face or mouth. The same can also happen if you fall too hard on your face, or if your teeth has cavities, or if your large, old amalgam fillings are no longer able to support the remaining enamel of the tooth.

Of course, when tooth chips, cracks or breaks, it will rarely hurt. At least, at first. However, it can be quite annoying to feel the sharpness of the affected tooth every time you slip your tongue through it. It can also hurt, especially if a large enough piece breaks off. That’s not all, as the nerves found inside the tooth may also be damaged. In even worse cases, you can feel a sharp pain every time you expose the dentin to air, as well as to hot or cold foods and drinks.

Some may also feel pain whenever they chew, or whenever they put pressure on the tooth. Though, more often than not, the pain will usually just come and go.

What To Do 

For cracked and fractured teeth, there’s no way to treat them at home. It is best to see the dentist immediately because even if the tooth looks fine, it may hurt whenever it’s exposed to temperature changes in your mouth. It may also be incredibly painful, a sign of a possibly damaged nerve or blood vessels, which warrants immediate medical attention.

The best way to know if you have a cracked tooth is if it hurts only when you try to release the bite whenever you apply pressure to it.

For those with broken teeth, it is also important to see the dentist as soon as possible. This is so that the dentist can see if a cavity caused the tooth to break. It is also to check if the tooth’s nerve has received any damage, which, if so, will require root canal treatment.

Until you get to the dentist, however, it’s best to do the following:

  • Rinse and gargle with warm water until your mouth is clean.
  • If any area is bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of gauze for ten minutes. If this doesn’t help, try using a tea bag instead.
  • You can also try applying a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the side of the broken tooth to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • If it is not possible for you to see your dentist immediately, try to cover the part of the tooth that’s damaged with a temporary dental cement. You can probably buy this from your local drugstore or pharmacy.
  • If the pain is too much, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Make sure not to overdose.

For a more thorough treatment, however, it is best to have your teeth and mouth checked by a dentist to receive proper treatment. This is the only way for the damage to the teeth to receive proper treatment and prevented from getting worse.

If you would like to get your chipped or broken tooth repaired, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Energy Drinks Do To Your Teeth

selfieIt’s been a busy few days and all the work’s starting to take its toll on you. You find yourself tired and sleepy, worse still is that you still have a day or so worth of work ahead of you. So, you go down the hall, find the vending machine, look for an energy drink of your flavor of choice, toss in a few bucks and voila, you’ve just found a way to get yourself out of that mid-shift funk.

All is well and good, right? Well, not exactly.

Fact is, even if most people know that drinking energy drinks regularly is bad for the body, it seems that the energy boost isn’t all that worth it, especially since it comes at the expense of your beautiful smile.

How Energy Drinks Are Eating Away At Your Teeth

The main root of the problem is a mix of extremely high sugar content and a citric acid pH that’s usually as low as 2.9 all in one drink.

Now, sugar, as we all know, is bad for the teeth. It’s basically the main cause of cavities and a whole bunch of other dental problems. But, even the extremely high sugar content alone isn’t enough to fully describe just how bad energy drinks are for one’s teeth.

It’s the combination of the sugar content and pH levels that makes energy drinks such a danger to the teeth.

Given that the lower the pH level, the more acidic it is and that an increase in numerical value means the acidity intensifies tenfold, most energy drinks are.

The pH level is what really makes the problem more worrisome, as experts consider anything that has a pH in between 3.0 and 4.0 detrimental to one’s dental health, especially with regular exposure.

With a citric acid pH that’s around 2.9, energy drinks shouldn’t, in any way, be found close to your teeth.

What Does This All Mean?

Anything acidic, when consumed regularly and in high amounts, can cause damage to tooth enamel, which in time can lead to a myriad of dental problems, including tooth sensitivity, tooth discoloration and pain or discomfort in the teeth.

While it is true that a lot of what we consume everyday are somewhat acidic in nature. Like for example, fruits such as oranges and apples has a pH ranging in between 2.8 to 4.0, the teeth are not exposed to as much of it, even if you eat it frequently, as when consuming energy drinks.

With energy drinks, the teeth are exposed to a huge amount of these acidic substances, which leads to it having a similar detrimental effect on teeth as that of carbonated drinks and juices.

Given the negative light carbonated drinks and juices have been put on recently in regards to dental, as well as overall health, it would be wise to limit one’s consumption of energy, as well as sports drinks. And experts actually agree to this.

In addition to minimizing the consumption of sports and energy drinks, plenty of dental professionals recommend chewing sugar-free gum or rinsing their mouth with water after consuming such drinks to promote salivary flow and help the acidity levels of the mouth return to normal.

Brushing one’s teeth immediately after consuming such beverages is not recommended as well. Instead, dentists recommend waiting for an hour to avoid spreading the acid onto the tooth surfaces.

While totally avoiding energy drinks is near-impossible, considering the busy world we live in and how we need the occasional energy boost, it’s important to remember that the dangers of drinking such beverages and what to do after consuming.

For more information regarding your oral health, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.