Soda has a refreshing taste, but its effects on your teeth are the opposite.
Sugary sodas are well known to be bad for your dental health. However, did you know that even diet sodas are problematic? The artificial chemicals in soda, regardless of its sugar content, dissolve the protective enamel on the teeth, which can cause permanent cosmetic damage and painful sensitivity. Here, the dentist Dr. Edward Gaines at Fairfield Family Dental Care in Fairfield, New Jersey explain how soda disrupts the delicate balance of chemicals in your mouth.
How your smile suffers from soda
It's estimated that the average American drinks an astonishing 44 gallons of soft drinks each year. It should come as no surprise, then, that Dr. Gaines has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay and other dental problems. While sugary full-flavored sodas are a major cause of cavities, phosphoric and citric acids of both diet and regular sodas alter the pH balance in the mouth. This imbalance is extremely destructive to the enamel, which normally protects the sensitive inner portions of the tooth. With this barrier compromised, discoloration and uncomfortable sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and foods can occur. This not only limits your food and beverage choices; the weakened tooth is also at risk for much more damage. While there are treatments like crowns and fillings, they can be an expensive solution to a problem that is largely avoidable.
How to prevent this predicament
Obviously, the most effective solution is to stop drinking any soda - diet or regular - completely. Understandably, this can be a difficult habit to kick, so for soda drinkers who aren't ready to go "cold turkey," follow these tips from Dr. Edward Gaines:
- Only consume soda at mealtimes; don't buy a large one in the morning and sip on it throughout the day.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly after drinking soda. If brushing isn't convenient, you can rinse your mouth with water.
- You can also pop a piece of sugar-free gum after drinking; it promotes the production of saliva, which naturally contains chemicals to counteract the effects of the soda's acidic contents.
If you enjoy drinking soda, but you've been noticing some sensitivity or discoloration, contact the friendly and experienced team at Fairfield Family Dental Care Fairfield, NJ to schedule an evaluation.