When the weather heats up, it’s important to stay hydrated. But when you need something to quench your thirst, think twice before you reach for a soda – for your teeth’s sake. Limiting your intake of soda can help avoid the need for fillings, crowns and other dental restorations.
Soda, or pop as some call it, is potentially harmful to your teeth not so much because it contains high levels of sugar, but because it is generally very acidic. Acidic drinks and foods can erode enamel, the teeth’s hard coating, and lead to tooth decay and other dental health problems.
Generally speaking, the lower the pH level a beverage has, the more acidic it is. Water is neutral, with a pH level of 7.00, while Pepsi and Coca-Cola have pH levels of 2.46 and 2.48, respectively. Root beer, believe it or not, has one of the lowest acid levels of all sodas, with a pH value of 4.80.
Diet sodas, which many people drink to help them lose weight, can be just as harsh on the teeth as regular sodas because of their acidic levels. Diet Pepsi, for example, has a pH level of 2.94. Also, non-cola citrus drinks and canned ice teas tend to have more acid than regular colas.
If you drink sodas during the summer months and find yourself someplace where brushing your teeth is not convenient, try this tip: Drink some water, swishing it gently around your mouth before swallowing. The water will help neutralize the acid and prevent any erosion in your enamel.
Another tip: Chew some sugarless gum immediately after eating or drinking something acidic. The act of chewing will help stimulate saliva, which can help neutralize the acid.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
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