In most cases, if we were to ask you if something is “good” or “bad” for your smile, you could probably answer without a moment’s hesitation and get the answer correct! On an intuitive level (and because you’ve received an education from our Silver City, NM practice), you know how to best protect your oral health. However, if you are like many, many of our patients, there happen to be a few instances in which you might get your wires crossed. Something you assume is bad might actually be good (and vice versa). Curious about how you might do under such circumstances? Let’s test your knowledge (and potentially offer you some additionally helpful insight into smile safety!).

You Think Diet Soda Is…

If you think diet soda is good because it is sugar free, then you are wrong! If you think it’s bad because even though it is diet, it is still very acidic, then you are correct! Diet soda is always bad, no matter what type of ingredients it contains. So, when you’re feeling thirsty and a nice, tall glass of soda sounds lovely, try downing a glass of water instead. It will offer better hydration and it’s actually beneficial (rather than damaging) to your oral health.

You Assume All Chewing Gum Is…

Well, this is a bit of a trick question. If you think that all chewing gum is bad, you’re wrong. If you think that all chewing gum is good, you’re wrong again. Some is good. Some is bad. What’s the easiest way to determine which is which? This is the one part you need to remember: Gum is perfectly okay (even good for your oral health) if it is sugarless. However, if it contains sugar, then it is bad and can encourage decay. Easy enough, right?

You Think Natural Fruit Juice Is…

You think it’s good because it’s packed full of nutrients. However, it’s bad. It is extremely acidic! Your better bet is to protect your oral health by eating whole fruit cut up into pieces, instead. (Then, rinse with water).

You Think Teeth Whitening Is…

If you think it’s bad for your oral health because you’ve heard it can be dangerous, get the facts all straightened out with us: Whitening is perfectly safe and even “good” for you (you’ll love your smile so much more) if you choose a professional treatment. Otherwise, beware!

Keep Your Oral Health Super Safe With Our Help

Need some answers in addition to your dental care? Just come in for your dental checkups twice a year and we are here to help! To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.