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Harmful Effects of Soda on Teeth
Despite warnings from their family dentist, people often enjoy the sweet sugary taste of carbonated sodas without regards to their harmful effects on teeth. It is no secret that soda is not a healthy option to quench your thirst, but how does it affect teeth? It kills them slowly and has a negative effect on oral health.
Erosion and Cavities
Soda has two harmful effects on your teeth, the first being erosion. Erosion begins as soon as the acid in soda encounters your teeth. It attacks the enamel and begins to break it down. Each attack lasts about fifteen to twenty minutes and begins again every time you take a drink. Repeated attacks weaken the enamel and make teeth susceptible to decay.
Heavy soda drinkers experience more than just weakened tooth enamel. Once the enamel is gone, acids will attack dentin, which lies just under the enamel. Even composite fillings can be destroyed by the acid in sugary soda.
Why is Soda So Bad?
Soda is mainly comprised of carbonated water, sweeteners, artificial colors and flavors. When we drink soda, the high levels of sugary sweeteners combine with existing bacteria in the mouth to form harmful acids which attack teeth. So the attack starts with acid in the soda and continues with newly formed acid from the combining sugar and bacteria. The effects are disastrous.
Minimize Soda’s Harmful Effects
Of course, the best way to minimize soda’s harmful effect on teeth is to avoid it. However, this can be difficult for die hard soda fans so there are some steps you can take to minimize the toxic effects. First, drink soda through a straw, so it doesn’t sit on teeth. Second, rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda. Finally, adopt good oral hygiene habits and use a fluoride mouthwash daily to help strengthen teeth.
It is best to see a dentist regularly, especially if you are a heavy soda drinker. If you have questions about soda’s harmful effects on teeth or if it’s just time for a good cleaning, make an appointment with our office today. Our friendly staff is always happy to help patients adopt the best hygiene habits for their lifestyle.
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