By Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry
May 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Soda  

Discover just how bad this little treat could be for your beautiful smile.

A new survey found that about 1 in 5 Americans has at least one soda a day. That’s anywhere from 39 grams to 77grams of sugar Soda Teeth consumed in just one bottle! While you’ve probably heard doctors and other medical experts discuss the dangers of sugar and its negative impact on health, your Waterford dentist is here to talk about why soda can be bad for your smile and why you should avoid it.

What’s wrong with soda?

Poor soda; it’s get a pretty bad rep. However, it’s not without reasons. Soft drinks have become of the leading causes of tooth decay, affecting patients of all ages. What is it about soda that is so harmful to teeth? The main problem is the sugar and acids contained in the soda that soften tooth enamel and promote cavities. Every time you sip a soda acid is produced. This acid then feeds at and attacked healthy tooth enamel to wear it down. These acid attacks will reoccur every time you take a drink.

Couple soda consumption with other bad habits like teeth grinding or poor hygiene and you could eventually be dealing with permanent tooth loss.

Is sugar-free soda better?

If sugar is so evil for teeth than sugar-free should be better right? While it might be for gum and other candies, soda still contains acid. Even though sugar-free sodas may be less harmful than regular soda, they can still cause dental decay and other issues.

What are my other options?

One of the biggest things you can do to prevent soda consumption is to keep it out of your home. If it’s not there then it can’t be a temptation. Instead, stock the fridge with healthier options like water, low-fat milk and pure fruit juice (that doesn’t contained added sugars).

Use fluoridated toothpaste every day to help strengthen enamel and protect against cavities. If you aren’t getting enough fluoride, your Waterford dentist may recommend fluoride treatment to prevent decay.

Of course, we can’t be perfect all the time and we might just really crave that soda. If you can’t help yourself just remember to rinse your mouth out with water after drinking your soft drink. This will decrease the amount of time acid sits on your teeth, damaging healthy enamel.

If years of drinking soda have caused serious stains then it’s time to see your Waterford dentist right away. While we can remove some minor surface stains during your six-month cleaning, we may also recommend professional teeth whitening to spruce up your smile and remove tougher discolorations. Schedule an appointment with Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry today.

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