Whenever you visit a mall food court or really any eating establishment, it’s hard not to notice how many people are drinking soda. Soda is pervasive; statistics show that 50 to 80 percent of adolescents and nearly half of Americans of all ages drink at least one soda a day. However, we believe that many people wouldn’t be so eager to drink the sugary substance if they only knew how bad it was for their teeth. Today, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are blogging from Nashville, TN to talk about the ways that soda attacks your teeth and why you should consider giving the tasty treat up.
Soda Really is Bad for Your Teeth
Part of the reason why soda is so bad for our teeth is because of its high sugar content. Sugar by itself isn’t really the problem. It’s really the fact that this sugar sticks to your teeth where it attracts bacteria. Using the sugar on your teeth as fuel, this bacteria creates acids that will proceed to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. This is called tooth decay, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
Another part of the reason why soda is so bad for our teeth is because it is carbonated. In order to carbonate most beverages, carbonic acid is used. Much like the acid produced by the bacteria on your teeth, carbonic acid will actually begin to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. In fact, every time you drink soda, your teeth are exposed to a 20 to 30-minute long acid attack. After enough of these acid attacks, your teeth will lose the enamel protecting them, opening your teeth to attack from other dangerous oral conditions.
It is for the reasons above that we recommend you consider giving up soda. However, we understand that this can be hard to do. If you are unwilling or unable to give soda up, there are some steps you can take that can at least lessen the damage your teeth receive from the substance. For instance, we recommend you drink your soda through a straw, as doing so can prevent your teeth from getting a full blast of the stuff. We also encourage you to drink your soda quickly in order to prevent your teeth from receiving a second acid attack. Lastly, try to swish some water around your mouth after finishing your soda. By doing this, you can wash away some of the sugar and acid from your teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation in Nashville, TN
If you do happen to lose a tooth because you partook in too much soda, or for any other reason, we have many different treatments here at the Dentistry of Nashville that can help restore your smile. For instance, we can use dental implants to replace your missing teeth with beautiful restorations that function and feel just like natural teeth. If you would like to learn about the many ways we can restore missing teeth at our practice, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming.