We here at the Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center are willing to bet that our many patients have probably indulged in soda at some point or another. Even we can’t help but grab a can of the tasty treat every now and then. While soda tastes good, it’s important to be aware of the effects soda can have on your teeth. Not only does the high sugar level of soda effect your teeth but so does the acid that is used to carbonate the drink. Today, Dr. Altschuler is blogging from Gainesville, FL to talk about how soda effects your teeth and what can be done to lessen the impact of this exposure.
Defend Your Teeth from Soda
One reason for why soda is so bad for your teeth is because of how much sugar is inside of it. When you drink soda, this sugar is plastered to your teeth, and, as a result, it can attract bacteria to your teeth. When bacteria consumes this sugar, it creates acids that will proceed to eat away at your teeth. We call this process tooth decay, and some symptoms of it include chronic bad breath, off color spots on your teeth, and toothaches. If tooth decay is allowed to do enough damage to one of your teeth, the only solution available will be to have that tooth removed.
Another reason why soda is bad for your teeth is because of the carbonation. In order to produce the carbonation that keeps your soda fresh, acid is used. Just like the acid produced by bacteria on your teeth, this acid can attack your teeth and wear them down, opening up your teeth to other conditions. In fact, every time you drink soda, you are exposing your teeth to a 20 to 30 minute long “acid attack”. Enough of these attacks can drastically lessen the ability of your teeth to protect themselves.
There are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of damage drinking soda can do to your teeth. For instance, we recommend you drink your soda with a straw, as doing so can prevent your teeth from receiving a full splash of the stuff. We also recommend you drink your soda quickly, as taking longer than 30 minutes to finish your soda can result in another acid attack on top of the first one. Lastly, we recommend that you swish water around your mouth directly after finishing your soda. Doing so can wash a lot of the sugar and acid away from your teeth.
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It is for the reasons above that we highly recommend you consider taking soda out of your diet. In fact, simply cutting your soda consumption down to a few a week instead of one every day can do a lot of good for your teeth. If you would like to learn more about the effects soda can have on your teeth, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Altschuler, today. We hope to hear from you soon!