How Soda in Your Diet is Ruining Your Teeth

Sugar. It’s the enemy of your teeth and for those who consume soda as a regular part of their diet, all that sugar can lead to tooth decay, not to mention other health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers due to its inflammatory impact on the systems of the body.  

Having a soft drink now and again shouldn’t be an issue as long as you maintain proper oral hygiene at the same time and ensure that "now and again" doesn't become a part of your daily routine. That means regular brushing, flossing, and routine oral hygiene appointments at the dentist are even more critical for those of us who like to kick back with a sugary beverage every once in a while. However, keep in mind that more than two cans of soda a week can lead to cavities even when you maintain proper oral hygiene!

The reason that soda in your diet is so damaging for your teeth is that the sugar from the soda mixes with the bacteria already naturally present in your mouth, forming an acidic residue that damages your teeth. Even diet or sugar-free soda is still bad for your teeth since it contains its own enamel-eating acid! 

Imagine it this way: You take a sip of soda and for the next twenty minutes you teeth undergo a literal acid attack on your enamel. Once your enamel is gone, it’s gone forever. Take another sip and add another twenty minutes and on and on for each sip you take. If you are drinking soda most of the day, then your teeth are getting attacked most of the day. Children are particularly susceptible to these acid attacks since their enamel is not fully developed. Tip: Make soda a treat that children get once in a while at a restaurant, for example. Don’t keep it in the house.  

Limit Soda and Stay Hydrated

Water is the best choice of drink to keep yourself hydrated. However, if you still like to drink a soda here and there, we recommend no more than two 12oz cans of soda per week. You can use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth, and we recommend washing your mouth out with water or mouthwash after drinking a soda. This will help reduce the presence of the harmful acid.

If you’re an avid soda drinker, today is the day to cut back and replace your liquid consumption with water. We also encourage you to come into the office regularly for your routine oral hygiene examinations with Merry and Dr. Hsu. Adhere to Merry's recommended hygiene schedule for you; some people need oral hygiene appointments every three months, while some of us can skate by with one every nine months! You can reach our office at (425) 882-1354 or info@rhsudds.com to schedule an appointment.

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