Enamel Erosion Leads to Cavities
One of the first negative effects that soda has on your teeth is enamel corrosion. Enamel is the protective layer on your teeth that protects the dentin and pulp from being exposed. As enamel breaks down, decay and cavities are the initial consequences. Unfortunately, soda only speeds up that process by breaking down enamel even quicker than normal. Kids are most at risk for this to happen because the enamel on their teeth isn’t fully developed yet. Take action and protect your children from tooth decay by keeping soda out of the house.
Decay from Soda’s High Acidity
Once the enamel has broken down on your teeth, the acidity of soda can greatly increase decay because it’s now able to access a deeper layer on the tooth. Soda is made up of different acids, that all contribute to tooth decay. Regular and diet soda alike can both lead to tooth decay because they are both acidic. However, regular soda has high levels of sugar which will cause added decay. Once you take your last sip of soda, acid will create a tooth-decaying burn on your teeth for the following 30 minutes. Therefore, if you or your child does indulge in a soda, don’t sip on it for an extended period of time—it’s less harmful if you drink it quickly and stop the continuous exposure of acid to your teeth.
Preventative Care from the Effects of Soda
There are preventative measures you can take to protect your teeth from the effects of soda. Aside from simply not drinking soda, be sure to schedule regular dental cleanings to protect your enamel and stop decay from becoming worse. At these appointments you will typically get fluoride treatments that will protect your enamel. Also brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing twice a day will prevent food from sitting on teeth and causing further decay. Finally, drinking water shortly after drinking soda will help dilute the acid preventing it from sitting on your teeth.
Overall, most sugary treats and drinks consumed in moderation are okay when trying to maintain a healthy smile. However, keep in mind that erosive and acidic drinks, such as soda, can quickly take a toll on the health of your teeth. In order to keep your teeth protected, minimize the amount of soda you consume and save it only for special occasions. The negative effects of soda on your teeth (and overall health—soda has no other nutritional value to offer) make it a drink choice that should largely be avoided. If you need to schedule an appointment to have your teeth cleaned, request an appointment, or contact us today.