Many dentists tell their patients to avoid things that are bad for their teeth, such as candy and soda. However, do you know what soda really does to your teeth and what types of drinks are the worst for your oral health? Continue reading to learn all about the negative effects that soda has on your teeth and how to maintain a healthy smile.
How Soda Affects Your Teeth
Most people are aware that too much sugar is bad for their teeth, but did you know that even sugar-free soda can damage your teeth? Diet or sugar-free soda contains acid, which attacks your teeth and weakens tooth enamel. After each sip of soda, a 20-minute long attack happens in your mouth from the acid and bacteria in your mouth. Since kids and teens do not have fully developed tooth enamel, they are most susceptible to tooth decay.
Soda Drinking Tips
If you lack energy in the late afternoon, don’t always reach a soda. Often, our bodies are tired because of lack of water rather than caffeine. However, if you do drink soda, do your best to consume less than 12 oz a day- but drinking less than once a day is ideal. Also, drink through a straw to keep the sugar away from contacting your teeth, and brush your teeth after finishing the soda. If you aren’t able to brush your teeth at the time, swish your mouth out with water afterward to dilute the acid and sugar.
Limit These Drink Options
Having soda every now and then shouldn’t cause any damage to your teeth, so it’s best to limit your intake as much as you can. Other drinks that can cause tooth decay if consumed too often include other carbonated beverages, iced tea, and sweetened fruit juices. To keep your smile healthy, remember to limit your intake of sugar, be sure to brush and floss twice a day, and visit your dentist regularly.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.