Who doesn’t love an ice-cold soda on a warm summer day? They are sweet, delicious and can really hit the spot.
Despite their popularity, it is a well-known fact that soda is terrible for your teeth. But is this true of all soda?
Why is Soda Bad for You?
Soda is particularly bad for your teeth for two reasons. The first reason, sugar, is the only one that people tend to pay attention to. While sugar itself doesn’t cause tooth decay, it does contribute to its formation. This is because oral bacteria thrive on sugars.
As they eat, they produce harmful acids that erode the enamel layer of your teeth, which then leads to cavities.
The other reason soda is so terrible for your teeth is because it is highly acidic. Acid weakens your enamel, which then leaves your teeth susceptible to bacterial attack. Neither sugar nor acid is particularly good for your teeth, so combined together, they can be downright destructive.
What About Diet?
Because most people only pay attention to the sugar aspect of soda, many think that diet soda is inherently better. However, the truth is that diet soda is still harmful, as it is still just as acidic. And, ultimately, it is the acid that makes your teeth the most vulnerable.
One of the major effects of soda is an increased risk for developing cavities. But bacterial attacks can lead to other issues as well. An increased number of oral bacteria raises your risk for developing gum disease. And severe tooth decay allows bacteria into your teeth, resulting in infections. Bacteria can then get into your bloodstream, and cause serious health issues throughout the rest of your body.
For the best results, it is best to cut soda out of your daily diet. However, even cutting back can greatly help lessen the gravity of soda’s effects. Just be sure to drink soda during a meal or drink a glass of water afterward, both of which will help to limit the amount of sugars and acids that rest on your teeth. You should also remember to brush at least twice a day, floss daily and don’t forget regular visits to your dentist.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about sodas effects on your oral health.