With summer around the corner, we will be tempted to grab a cold soda on the hot days. We are going to discuss the effects of soda on our teeth and what you can do to prevent damage!
How is Soda Bad for Our Teeth?
Anytime you consume a sugary beverage, the sugar sticks to your teeth. Though, it’s not the sugar that harms us- it’s the bacteria! The bacteria living in our mouths LOVE sugar. When the bacteria eat this sugar, it excretes acid that eats away at the enamel on your teeth.
In addition to the sugar, the carbonation also poses a big threat. In order to make it a soda, carbonation needs to be added. This is done by the inclusion of acid. The three most common acids found in soda are citric, phosphoric, and carbonic. As mentioned previously, acid eats away at our enamel, which can lead to tooth decay.
What You Can Do to Help…
Avoid Sugary Drinks as Much as Possible. We understand that not everyone is willing and able to cut out soda and other sugary drinks completely, but drinking them in moderation would definitely help.
Use a Straw. By using a straw, it helps to limit the amount of soda that actually comes in contact with your teeth.
Drink Water. Drink water AFTER you drink a soda. This will help to rinse some of the sugar off of your teeth.
Brush Your Teeth. Brushing your teeth shortly after consuming a sugary drink is the best way to protect yourself against harm. The longer that sugar sits on your teeth, the worse it could get.
In the battle of Soda vs. Our Teeth, we think it is safe to say that soda definitely would win. It is important to be safe and cautious when drinking sugary drinks. The best way to insure you have no decay and cavities is to schedule an appointment with your dentist every 6 months!