Drinking soda is not the worst thing, but if you guzzle down “pop/soda/coke” like it’s oxygen, your teeth could be in big danger.
Here are four ways a soda drinking habit is wrecking your oral health.
Soda contains acids, abrasive carbonation, and sugars which really do a number on tooth enamel. These mix with cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth and skyrocket the risk for developing tooth decay.
The occasional fizzy drink with a meal won’t kill your smile. But steadily sipping on carbonated drinks for long periods throughout the day only increases the amount of harmful exposure to your teeth, leading to a significant increase in cavities and the need for restorative dental treatment including fillings and crowns.
This effect is the least dangerous and so it’s often overlooked. The acidic nature of soda erodes the enamel and makes it more porous – basically, a stain sponge. Even lighter colored sodas still contain colorants that can discolor teeth.
Stain becomes a big deal when you realize it’s hiding the development of cavities.
Having touched on this in the past two points, you probably get the idea. Acid and sugar in soda gradually dissolves the protective outer layer of your teeth. This makes them more prone to cavities and can also make them more sensitive.
Because your immune system is closely connected to gum health, uncontrolled blood sugar can weaken your gums. High sugar level in the bloodstream equals more sugar in your saliva. This can fuel an already-raging gum infection.
Ready to kick this habit for good? Visit your dentist to find out how to cut back on soda and protect your teeth from the damaging effects.
Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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