Welcome to The Dental Center in Belize
Welcome to The Dental Center in Belize. Our goal is to provide you with the best dental experience possible.
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We pride ourselves in providing quality dentistry by using only the most current methods, materials and equipment.
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Our clients can expect the highest level of professionalism and skill from our team.
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We are confident that we can make your visit as comfortable as possible.
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We want you to know that we believe you deserve thorough, personalized attention... EVERY TIME!

Quality Dental Care For The Whole Family

The Dental Center is a family-operated dental clinic. We are committed to delivering the finest dental care from our family to your family. We provide dental treatment to patients of all ages, beginning as young as 6 months old.

Our dentists and staff are thoroughly experienced in all aspects of general and family dentistry, including cosmetic orthodontics & implant dentistry.

Our Doctors

Dr. Pedro Habet

Dr. Jorge Habet

Dr. Luis Hernandez

Office Hours

Monday - Friday:

8:00am - 6:30pm

Saturday:

8:00am - 12:00pm

2604 Mercy Lane, Belize City, Belize

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Similar Damage Caused To Teeth By Soda And Illegal Drugs

Addicted to soda? You may be shocked to learn that drinking large quantities of your favorite carbonated soda could be as damaging to your teeth as methamphetamine and crack cocaine use. The consumption of illegal drugs and abusive intake of soda can cause similar damage to your mouth through the process of tooth erosion, according to a case study published in a recent issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

Tooth erosion occurs when acid wears away tooth enamel, which is the glossy, protective outside layer of the tooth. Without the protection of enamel, teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities, as well as becoming sensitive, cracked, and discolored.

The General Dentistry case study compared the damage in three individuals' mouths - an admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive diet soda drinker. Each participant admitted to having poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist on a regular basis. Researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each participant's mouth.

"Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their 'drug' of choice - meth, crack, or soda," says Mohamed A. Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, lead author of the study.

"The citric acid present in both regular and diet soda is known to have a high potential for causing tooth erosion," says Dr. Bassiouny.

Similar to citric acid, the ingredients used in preparing methamphetamine can include extremely corrosive materials, such as battery acid, lantern fuel, and drain cleaner. Crack cocaine is highly acidic in nature, as well.

The individual who abused soda consumed 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years. Says Dr. Bassiouny, "The striking similarities found in this study should be a wake-up call to consumers who think that soda - even diet soda - is not harmful to their oral health."

AGD Spokesperson Eugene Antenucci, DDS, FAGD, recommends that his patients minimize their intake of soda and drink more water. Additionally, he advises them to either chew sugar-free gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of soda. "Both tactics increase saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal," he says.