Are you a person who likes to have a soda in hand all throughout the day? It’s no secret that there is a direct connection with tooth decay and soda consumption. But, many people ignore the connection and continue drinking soda anyway.
The goal with this article is to help you learn more about the negative impact that soda will have on your dental health, to help you see that sipping on soda all day is a habit that should be reconsidered.
WHY DOES SODA CAUSE TOOTH DECAY?
Soda is made with sugar and other acidic ingredients, and these compounds form an acidic environment within your mouth. The sugar in the soda can combine with bacteria that is present within your mouth, resulting in an attack on the teeth. Even if you are drinking “diet” soda that is sugar-free, there are still acid-causing ingredients that are very harmful for dental health.
Drinking soda throughout the day means that you are constantly subjecting your teeth to this acidic environment. The ongoing exposure to acid begins to weaken the teeth, because it wears down the protective enamel found on the outside surfaces of the teeth.
KIDS AND TEENAGERS ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE
When young children and teenagers drink soda, they are especially susceptible to the harmful effects of the acid on their teeth. At this point in life, the tooth enamel hasn’t had the opportunity to fully develop yet, causing the teeth to be weaker and prone to tooth decay from the soda exposure.
REDUCING THE DAMAGE FROM SODA
If you want to protect your teeth, then you should reconsider your beverage habits. The best option is to choose water instead of soda or juice, because water doesn’t have the acid-causing ingredients and sugar that can damage your teeth. Avoid soda as much as possible!
Some people don’t want to give up their soda though, so there are a few steps that you should consider to limit the tooth damage. The best strategy is to limit your soda consumption to certain times of the day, so that your teeth are exposed to the soda for a short period of time. Sipping on the drink all day long means that your teeth will constantly be exposed, but shorter periods of time reduce the length of exposure time during the day.
After you are done drinking your soda, rinse your mouth with water. Even better: brush and floss your teeth to get rid of any substances that might still be on the surface of your teeth.
With a few proactive steps, it is possible to keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay. For more information about dental health, contact our office to schedule a dental checkup.