Soda, soft drink, pop: whatever your term for this carbonated beverage, it is important for you to know the negative side effects consumption can have on your dental health. Whether you drink regular or diet soda, your dentist can explain what may occur with your dentition.
It’s not just the sugar in soda that is damaging … the composition of soda works with bacteria already present in your mouth to form acids that eat away at dental enamel leading to the potential for cavity formation.
And soda consumption in children is particularly hazardous as their teeth are still early in development and are not as strong as an adult’s teeth. Soda can riddle a child’s teeth with cavities, which is damage they will have for life.
Additionally, worn dental enamel can weaken teeth. Individuals who consume soda daily may be more prone to chipped or broken teeth.
Drinking soda can promote an increase of plaque build-up. This can lead to gum disease especially for individuals who nurse carbonated beverages throughout the day.
There are things you should know when it comes to soda and your dentition. You’re much better off with water, but if you are going to drink soda, limit yourself to a single serving. Drink it quickly … the longer you linger over your soda, the more time damage has to occur.
When drinking soda, use a straw. This allows much of the beverage to bypass teeth.
As soon as you’ve finished your soda, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. While you may be tempted to brush your teeth right away to eliminate harmful effects from soda, this can actually do more damage as enamel has been softened.
Caring for your teeth should start with abstaining from drinking pop to minimal soda consumption. Of course, in addition you should brush at least twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste as well as floss daily to remove particles left behind by your toothbrush.
Finally, you need to see your dentist every six months or as recommended by your dental provider. At every dental visit, you will have all dental plaque removed that has accumulated since your previous visit; teeth will be polished to look their best; and a dental exam will be completed to help you to maintain the healthiest dentition possible.
Contact our team today at the office of Dr. Mark Massaro for more tips about healthy teeth!
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.