What Soda Can Do to Your Teeth
Soda isn't just bad for your waist line. The beverage can also damage your teeth. Our Cedar Park, TX, family dentist, Dr. Jason Dyson of Parmer Oaks Dental Care, explains how soda affects your teeth and discusses what you can do to minimize the damage.
How does soda hurt my teeth?
Drinking sugary sodas increases your tooth decay risk. When the sugar in your favorite soft drink combines with bacteria in plaque, a strong acid forms. That acid attacks your tooth enamel and causes cavities.
Are sugar-free sodas better for my teeth?
Although eliminating or reducing sugar from your diet can help protect your teeth, sugar-free sodas aren't any better for your teeth. Whether they contain sugar or are sugar-free, sodas still contain acids that are just as damaging as the natural acids you produce. The acids found in sodas eat away your enamel and may even reach the layer of dentin under the enamel.
How can I reduce damage caused by soda?
If you're not willing to stop drinking soda completely, there are still a few things you can do to prevent tooth decay caused by drinking soda, such as:
- Limiting Soda to Mealtimes: When you drink a soda with a meal, you tend to finish it fairly quickly, reducing its effects on your teeth. The worst thing you can do is slowly drink a soft drink. The longer it takes to finish the soda, the greater the chance that the acids will attack your tooth enamel.
- Chasing Soda with Water: Rinsing your mouth with water after drinking soda can help remove sugar and acids from your teeth.
- Waiting to Brush: Brushing your teeth immediately after drinking a soda may seem like a good idea, but it can actually make the damage worse. Brushing spreads the acids around on your teeth, making it easier for them to cause tooth decay. Protect your teeth by postponing brushing by at least an hour.
- Using a Straw: Drinking soda with a straw helps keep some of the soda away from your teeth, which can reduce your tooth decay risk.
- Visiting the Dentist: It's important to visit our Cedar Park office every six months if you're a soda drinker. If your soda habit has caused tooth decay, prompt treatment can keep it from spreading.
Keep your smile strong and healthy with regular dental visits. Call our Cedar Park, TX, family dentist, Dr. Dyson of Parmer Oaks Dental Care, at (512) 528-8900 to schedule your visit.