How Is Soda So Dangerous When It Comes to Your Teeth?
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Matt Aldridge DDS
When it comes to consuming your favorite soda our office isn't here to simply put the veto on them all. The fact of the matter is once you are educated on how it affects your teeth, you can start adjusting how much, how often, and when you drink them to start reducing their effects on your oral health.
Why Sodas Cause Cavities
Think of soda as basically a liquid candy bar. The sugar inside a soda is food for the very thin layer of bacteria on your teeth. The sugar is converted into the plaque which is acidic and erodes the protective enamel of your teeth. Your soda contains either phosphoric acid or citric acid. Both of this softens your enamel.
Soft enamel and an increase in plaque is a terrible combo. Once the enamel is gone your teeth quickly will begin the decay process. Even if your soda is sugar-free. It's slightly less offensive towards your teeth due to the absence of sugar, but the acids are still included to battle against your teeth's protections.
Ways to Minimize Damage to Your Teeth
It's best to remove soda from your diet. Having said it, there are ways to reduce its effects. Start with moderating the times that you consume it. Drinking soda with food helps dilute the acids and sugars with food. Limit it to mealtimes and discontinue when the meal is over. The increase in saliva after you eat helps wash it away. Use a straw when you are drinking, as it helps limit the amount of time soda is in contact with your teeth. The best routine is to follow your meal with a quick brushing using fluoride toothpaste.
Rinsing with fluoride mouthwash is also great. Don't sip for a long period, nor drink before bed. If you can include these steps and practice active oral health care routines, you can stay away from a mouthful of cavities. By practicing a good routine in combination with seeing us for scheduled visits, you'll stay happy, healthy, and cavity-free.
A better kind of dental practice for your entire family.