A temptation turns into ‘just a little bit,’ a sip turns into three, three turns into a glass with dinner, and then maybe one while you’re out on the road. We might be being melodramatic about it, but soda is a habit that is a hard one to break.
While drinking soda is okay once in a while, excessive drinking can have adverse effects on your oral health. Learn about these effects and why you need to stop drinking soda.
How Soda Affects Your Oral Care
Soda, while sugary and delicious and a staple of the American diet is simply terrible for your health. It’s the embodiment of everything that’s needed to eat away at your teeth – sweet, acidic, and easy to get in between your teeth.
Soda is highly acidic, which breaks down the enamel of your teeth. Enamel is the protective layer that protects the tooth’s more sensitive parts, such as the dentin. When enamel erodes, it is gone forever. This may make you more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and sensitive teeth.
Bacteria in your mouth eat the sugar in soda, which produces more acid and helps the bacteria multiply. The effect increases when plaque forms on the teeth. When plaque isn’t removed from teeth, it will eat away at the tooth and build into tartar, which is nasty on its own even before it contributes to gingivitis.
It’s best to cut out soda entirely from your diet and replace it with water. A little bit of cola as a treat every now and again isn’t bad, but you should stick by some rules of thumb to moderate yourself.
- Drink only one soda
- Space out the time between each soda consumption by a few days
- Drink with a straw and limit how much soda contacts your teeth
- Chase soda with water to dilute acid
- Brush twice a day and floss once a day
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