Most people drink soda on a regular basis without considering the possible effects it has on their teeth. However, soda can cause damage to the enamel. In addition, the high concentration of sugar in regular soda increases the risk of tooth decay. To find out more about the effects of soda on your teeth, consult with your dentist.
Acid and Sugar in Soda
The most obvious contributor to tooth decay in soda is the high sugar content. Since we rarely brush our teeth every time we drink a soda, the sugar lingers on the teeth, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and multiply, eventually leading to cavities, decay, and possible tooth loss or expensive dentistry procedures to restore your teeth.
Acid also contributes to tooth decay. Even diet soda, which lacks the sugar content that facilitates decay, still has a high acid content and can erode your tooth enamel. Sodas are much more acidic than water or even fruit juices. This acid is strong enough to erode the enamel on your teeth, which can cause discoloration, pitting, and weakening of the teeth. If your enamel is weakened due to exposure to acidic colas, it could increase your risk of tooth loss. If you use an overly stiff toothbrush or grind your teeth, this could make this risk even greater.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
Reducing your consumption of sweetened soda can greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay. It can also have a positive effect on your overall health, since sweetened soda is high calorie and has been found to be a major contributor to obesity.
In addition to drinking less soda, regular visits to your dentist can help ensure your long-term oral health. Be sure to brush and floss daily to remove remaining sugar from the surfaces of your teeth. Professional cleanings, X-rays, and dental exams will help spot any possible problems before they become serious.
If you’re due for a regular dental exam or cleaning, please contact the office of Dr. Nicholas Kemp, serving Yorkville and surrounding areas, today at 416-922-1012 to make an appointment.