What Does Soda Do to Your Teeth?

It’s fairly common knowledge that soda is unhealthy. Unfortunately, this knowledge is not enough to deter people from drinking it. Soda is full of chemicals that are capable of causing long-term damage to your body and your teeth. There are few worse things a person can consume for their oral health. An important part of our job at Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert is to educate you, so that you and your family can maintain a lifetime of oral health. In today’s post we will take a look at exactly why soda is harmful to your teeth.

Harmful Properties in Soda

1. Sugar 

Most sodas are largely made up of sugar. Sugar causes invasive bacteria to grow in your mouth, causing decay and disease. Unfortunately diet soda isn’t any better because it still contains acid. 

2. Acid

All sodas are full of acid by definition. Acid erodes the enamel of your teeth, making them susceptible to decay. 

3. Caffeine

Caffeine is what keeps us wanting more soda. It’s an addictive chemical that can cause anxiety and other health issues. Caffeine may also damage the enamel.

Effects of Soda on Your Teeth

Soda can cause countless oral health issues, not limited to:

  • Cavities. Cavities are tiny holes of decay in your teeth, caused by a buildup of plaque.
  • Gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth causes gum inflammation, which leads to periodontal disease, a common condition that can be quite painful. 
  • Erosion. Acid breaks down the enamel of the teeth, leaving them susceptible to decay. This is what we call dental erosion. Moreover, the carbonation of soda attacks the lining of the human stomach, which can cause acid reflux. This leads to dental erosion, as well, so it’s a double edged sword. 
  • Discoloration. Because plaque breaks down a tooth’s enamel, excess plaque weakens the white color of your teeth. 

Healthier Beverages

Soda doesn’t have to be your only beverage of choice. For many reasons, water is a better choice. But if you’re looking for something a tad more flavorful, consider milk, distilled juice, or unsweetened tea. Be sure to use a straw when drinking tea as it can cause discoloration of the teeth.

Don’t be fooled by juices or sports drinks that advertise low sugar content. They are often just as damaging to your mouth as soda. When in doubt, always choose water. 

Your Local Dentist in Gilbert

At Lifetime Family Dental, our passion is providing you and your family with unbeatable dental care. If you would like more advice about healthy beverages for your teeth, ask us at your next appointment. Until then, stick to water as much as possible!

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