Effects of Excessive Soda Consumption on Your Teeth

Effects of Excessive Soda Consumption on Your TeethSoda is a classic American drink, and many of us do not just save it for special occasions. Some people drink soda with a meal or two while others sip all day long. Unfortunately, all this soda-drinking could be hazardous to your dental health.

The Academy of General Dentistry recently released a study that determined that drinking large volumes of soda could damage your teeth as much as crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Soda and illegal drugs both contribute to dental erosion. The enamel is destroyed by the acids in soda, and as it wears away, teeth become more vulnerable to the oral bacteria that cause cavities. The study focused on a young woman who had been drinking two liters of soda daily for five years. The diet soda damaged her teeth as much as three years of methamphetamine abuse and 18 years of crack cocaine use.

Soda is not the only culprit. Energy drinks and sports drinks can be just as bad. If you spend your day sipping or guzzling, here is what you need to know. Cutting back or eliminating soda entirely are the best ways to protect your teeth. If you are not ready to quit cold turkey, you can still reduce the damage. After enjoying a soda, swish with water or drink a glass of water to neutralize the acids left behind. You can also chew sugar-free gum, which will also help with neutralization and stimulate saliva flow to promote remineralization. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.

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