Despite the warnings about it affecting our health, many people still drinking soda regularly. The increasing number of soda consumption has become alarming. This sugary drink has become a staple in many American households. Did you know that sodas pose a threat to your health?
How soda can harm your teeth
Soda is not only known to be linked to serious health problems such as diabetes but it has also ill effects on your teeth.
- Erosion of tooth enamel
Soda is loaded with sugar. This sugar will interact with bacteria in your mouth to form an acid which will attack your teeth. Sugar-free or not, sodas have acid content too which also attack your tooth enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth. With each sip of soda, it creates an acid reaction that can last up to 20 minutes. The more you drink soda, the more your tooth enamel weakens and erodes.
- Tooth cavities
Soda’s harmful effects don’t stop in your tooth enamel. Once your tooth enamel is damaged, it leaves your dentin exposed to bacteria and cavities. The damage may not happen overnight, but if you do not curb the soda, add into the equation your poor oral hygiene, and you will surely bid goodbye to your healthy teeth and beautiful smile in no time.
Protecting your teeth from soda
Obviously, not drinking soda is the best solution to protect your teeth against it. However, drinking soda is a hard habit to break. So to minimize the risk it brings, here are the tips you can follow:
- Drink moderately
You can’t just totally kick it off your habit. But you can drink in moderation. Set a specific amount of soda which you will drink in one day, say, no more than a bottle of soda each day. Slowly, you can lower the amount to drink each day until you can finally remove it out of your system and fully stop drinking it. Using a straw when drinking will also keep the acids away from your teeth, thus, minimizing its harmful effects on your teeth.
- Flush your mouth with water after drinking
The key here is to keep the acids from staying in your mouth. Do not brush your teeth after drinking soda as the teeth are still vulnerable from the acid caused by drinking soda, and the friction from brushing may cause harm to it. Instead, gargle water or flush your mouth with water after each drink.
- Visit your dentist regularly
A regular dental checkup is important. More reason to visit your dentist regularly if you are an avid soda-drinker. Having a set of teeth that are constantly attacked by the acid content in sodas, it is important to identify oral problems before it gets worse.