Effects of Soda on Teeth

Little is as satisfying as a cold drink on a hot day, but soda may not be the best choice for cooling off, according to research. Studies have shown that even one soda a day can significantly increase your risk of a heart attack and increase your daily calorie intake, which can leave you more prone to obesity and diabetes. Soda can also damage your teeth. In fact, research reveals that it may be comparable to battery fluid when it comes to dental damage.

Although the sugar is part of the problem, switching to diet sodas will not help you because they still contain phosphoric acid. Darker sodas can also stain your teeth and leave them yellow or dirty-looking. When you drink soda, the sugary liquid washes over your teeth, and oral bacteria begin to consume the sugar that remains in the mouth. They then secrete an acidic byproduct which erodes the dental enamel. The phosphoric acid continues the eroding process. This can increase your risk of tooth decay and hypersensitivity.

The best way to protect your teeth is to cut down or eliminate your soda intake. Water straight from the tap can be a great choice since it contains no sugar, acid or artificial colors, and it has a dose of fluoride to strengthen your teeth. If you want a little flavor, add a splash of juice, a few berries or some of your favorite cut-up fruit. Milk can be another good option. If you do indulge in a soda every now and then, use a straw to minimize contact with your teeth, and rinse thoroughly with water when you are done. Give us a call today to learn more about protecting your teeth or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.

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