Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. In this article from the team at Town and Country Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Center, we are going to give you yet another reason why this ubiquitous drink is a threat to dental health, and why you should avoid it.
Simply stated, soda inflicts a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.
Sugar is bad for your teeth, primarily because it softens enamel and makes them more vulnerable to decay. This is especially harmful to young children because their enamel is not fully developed.
Some people think they can avoid troubles because they choose diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have the same basic softening effect on enamel.
As if the preceding weren’t enough, soda consumption can also cause teeth staining.
Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda, or cut way back on your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your little ones away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.
Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water immediately after you have soda, and brush more often (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).
At Town and Country Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Center, serving the greater St. Louis area, the dental health of each patient is important to us. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat issues like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment today.
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