Despite how much we work to protect our oral health, there are many things we consume throughout the day that are actually working to harm our teeth. Of these, the most prominent item that is consumed on a daily basis that has horrible effects on our oral health is soda. Statistics show that 50 to 70 percent of adolescents and nearly half of Americans of all ages drink at least one soda per day. Unfortunately, what these patients don’t know is that soda can eat away at their teeth to the point where they will need to be removed. Today, Dr. Devang Shah is blogging from his Alpharetta, GA office to talk about the ways that soda works to compromise your oral health.
Don’t Let Soda Ruin Your Smile
There are two main ways that soda is working to compromise the health of your teeth. These are:
- Sugar Content: It turns out that most soda is very high in sugar content. The problem with sugar is that, when you drink it, it ends up plastered to the surface of your teeth. While it sits in place, this sugar will attract bacteria to your teeth, which will use this sugar as fuel to create acids. These acids will then eat away at the enamel of your teeth, eventually making it to the inner layers of the tooth. This condition can infect the tooth to the point where it will need to be removed.
- Carbonation: In order to carbonate soda, carbonic acid is used. Much like the acid produced by bacteria, this acid is able to eat away at the layers of your teeth, eventually to the point where the tooth will be stripped of the enamel protecting it. Every time you drink soda, your teeth are exposed to a 20 to 30-minute-long acid attack due to the carbonation. Enough of these attacks can open your teeth to infection, resulting in the need for that tooth’s extraction.
We can understand that you may be unwilling to give up soda, despite its negative effects on your teeth. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to lessen the damage your teeth receive from the tasty drink.
- Drink your soda through a straw as doing so can prevent your teeth from getting a full blast of the stuff.
- Drink your soda quickly in order to prevent your teeth from taking a second acid attack from one beverage.
- Drink water directly after finishing your soda because water can be used to wash away some of the sugar and carbonic acid left behind on your teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Shah
If you do happen to lose a tooth because you drank too much soda, or for any other reason, rest assured that we can provide treatments that can restore your missing teeth. From dentures and dental bridges to dental implants, we have a treatment that will fit your needs. If you would like to learn more about our tooth restoration options, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Devang Shah today.