Soda is a sugary, carbonated beverage that more and more Americans are drinking every year. The demographic of children and teens has increased its soda consumption more than any other age group since the 1950’s. This is detrimental because soda is very harmful to your dental health.
Soda is one of the leading food-based causes of tooth decay. The sugar in the soda builds up on the teeth, leading to bacteria growth. The bacteria leaves acid by-products behind, which combines with the acids in the soda. This leads to plaque and tartar formation, which in turn leads to tooth decay.
When combined with poor oral hygiene habits, soda consumption can eventually lead to tooth loss. The combination of acid and sugar in the drink attacks your teeth by wearing away enamel and encouraging the growth of harmful pathogens in the mouth.
When combined with poor oral hygiene habits, soda consumption can eventually lead to tooth loss.
It is easy to combat the harmful effects of soda on the teeth. The first step is to reduce your soda consumption or cut it out entirely. One in five school age children have at least four servings of soda per day, with some teens consuming numerous sodas daily.
Replace soda in your refrigerator with drinks that have less sugar and less acid, like water or certain juices. If you do drink soda, drink it in moderation and rinse your mouth out with water afterwards (or even brush your teeth).
Maintain healthy dental hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. Using a fluoride-based mouthwash can also help combat the effects of soda consumption.
Make regular appointments with your dentist for routine cleanings. Our dental health care team will remove plague build-up that leads to tooth decay, and can examine your teeth for any signs of damage from soda. The dental hygienist may also apply a professional fluoride treatment for a deeper clean. Contact our Grand Prairie dental office to schedule your exam.