Unfortunately, soda has become a staple item in most people’s daily diet, and is consumed on a much too frequent basis. To quench thirst and mainly taste buds, people consume sodas like Coca Cola and Pepsi, but it is not beneficial for the health of your teeth.
Soft drinks contain artificial color chemicals, caffeine, aspartame, and additional artificial sweeteners. Cold drinks contain about 8–10 teaspoons of sweetened sugar, which causes many health concerns. Consuming large amounts of soda increases the acid level in your body significantly, the effect of which can be seen on your overall health and the health of your teeth. Soft drinks increase the chances of toothache and cavities because of the acidity and sugars.
What Soda Does to Your Teeth
Your teeth are taking a bath in acid and sugar when you drink soda.
First, the sugars… your teeth (and gums) are covered in plaque, which is a layer of bacteria, and sugar is a food source for the bacteria. When the bacteria eat the sugars from soda they metabolize it and produce acids. This acid damages your tooth structure and enamel for twenty 20 minutes. This increases your chances of tooth decay.
Second, the acids… the majority of sodas contain citric acid and/or phosphoric acid, which both cause damage to your teeth. Acids soften and erode your tooth enamel; increasing the risk of cavities and tooth decay.
Continual loss of enamel can expose the inner layers of your teeth, which can cause painful sensitive teeth.
Is Diet Soda Better?
Yep, but it’s still not good for you. Diet sodas eliminate the risk of those sugars becoming fuel for the bacteria, BUT diet sodas still contain the same citric acid and/or phosphoric acid.
Tips for Reducing the Effects of Soda
Well, one tip would be to stop drinking soda. However, we know that this article won’t deter most people from drinking soda completely so here are some practical tips:
- Drink with a straw… seriously. This reduces the amounts of sugars and acids that hit your teeth.
- After drinking soda, have a drink of water to rinse your mouth; it also hydrates you, and is good for your health.
- Try not to sip soda over a long period of time. You don’t have to enter soda-chugging contests, but there is lees time for the sugars and acids to harm your teeth the less time you spend drinking a soda.
- Don’t drink soda before bed. Those sugars and acids just sit on your teeth throughout the night and have a larger damaging effect.
If you think you have, or see tooth decay, please give us a call and we can help you reduce the damage and fix your teeth. Contact our Glenbrook office at (530) 892-1234 or our Philadelphia Square office at (530) 892-1218.