How Soda Affects Teeth
Soda has become one of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages. While soft drinks can be refreshing treats at parties and get-togethers, many people drink soda every morning, with every meal or all day long. Unfortunately, soda can have serious effects on your dental health.
While many people opt for diet soda instead of regular, the sugar is not the only problem. One of the first side effects you may notice from soda is the staining. Enamel is porous, which means that the artificial coloring in soft drinks can penetrate and leave brown or yellow discolorations in their wake.
Additionally, soda is high in phosphoric acid, which erodes the enamel on your teeth. If you are drinking regular soda, the sugar then feeds the bacteria that occur naturally in your mouth, which then produce even more enamel-eroding acids. Once enamel is lost, it cannot be replaced, and you may be prone to hypersensitivity. Cavities are also possible. As the enamel is corroded, you may become more prone to cavities.
The best way to keep your teeth safe is to avoid soda entirely. However, you can still enjoy a soda if you limit your intake. Use a straw to minimize contact between the soda and your teeth, and rinse with water as soon as you are finished. Brush and floss your teeth about 30 minutes after finishing your drink to clean plaque from your teeth and help strengthen the enamel. Sugar-free gum can also be a good choice to stimulate saliva flow and dilute the acids. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Northridge.
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