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May 23, 2021

Soda and Your Teeth

The American culture is addicted to soda. For some it is  the sugar, for others it is the caffeine. For many, it is both the sugar and the caffeine. Just one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of sugar. That’s almost 10 teaspoons! Caffeine is one of the most widely consumed stimulants in the world leaving our brains craving more. When consumed regularly, people often start to rely on caffeine to increase their energy and to focus. 

Statistics show that up to half of the American population will have at least one soda daily with the average American drinking 40+ gallons of soda per year. Drinking high-sugar soft drinks is linked to multiple health problems including weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.

When you drink soda, the sugars engage with the bacteria in your mouth and form an acid. This acid erodes your teeth. It is important to understand that both regular and sugar-free sodas also contain their own acids. Each sip of soda starts a damaging reaction that can last up to 20 minutes. So for you soda drinkers who sip on it all day, your teeth are under constant attack.

The two primary effects of soda on your teeth are erosion and cavities

Erosion happens when the acids from soft drinks wear down the surface of your tooth enamel, the outermost protective layer of your teeth. The damage to your tooth enamel can cause cavities. The combination of regular soda consumption and poor oral hygiene can result in tooth decay and irreversible damage.

What can you do to prevent damage to your teeth from soda consumption?   First and foremost, it is recommended that you stop drinking soda.  We also recommend the following:  

Use a straw. This can help keep the damaging acids and sugar away from your teeth.
Drink sodas quickly. The faster you drink, the less time the sugar has to damage your teeth. 
Rinse your mouth with water after drinking a soda. 
Wait 30-60 minutes before brushing your teeth. The friction caused when brushing acid-attacked teeth can sometimes do more damage. 
Limit soda consumption to one soft drink per day. 
Consider less acidic soft drinks like Sprite, Diet Coke, and Diet Dr. Pepper.
Get regular dental cleanings and exams to identify dental issues.

While sodas are a popular beverage choice among Americans, they are not healthy. If you do drink soda, be aware of what it is doing to your teeth and be sure to maintain proper dental hygiene and dental visits. 

If you’re looking for a dentist in the Greensboro, North Carolina area, we invite you to call Margaret Szott DDS at 336-286-9897 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Szott is currently accepting new patients and works with all insurance providers.




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