One of the most consumed substances in the United States of America is soda. In fact, statistics have shown that 50 to 80 percent of adolescents and nearly half of Americans of all ages drink at least one soda per day. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that drinking soda is a bad habit that, if not practiced in moderation, can have terrible effects on your oral health. By drinking too much soda, you can develop tooth decay and gum disease, which can cost you teeth that you will then need to replace using dental implants. Today, Dr. Barry Cohen is blogging from his Drexel Hill, PA office to talk about how soda works to corrupt the health of your teeth.
Don’t Let Soda Consumption Ruin Your Smile
There are two main reasons why soda is so bad for your teeth. These are:
- Sugar Content: Most soda is actually full of sugar. What makes sugar so bad for our teeth is the fact that, when you drink it, this sugar is plastered to your teeth. Until you brush your teeth, this sugar will stay in place, where it will begin to attract bacteria. Bacteria uses the sugar left on your teeth in order to create acids, which will proceed to eat away at the defensive layers of your teeth, eventually making it to the sensitive tooth root. This process is called tooth decay, and it can end up costing you one or more of your teeth.
- Carbonation: In order to keep soda fresh and poppy, they have to carbonate it. Now, in order to do this, they add carbonic acid to the beverage. Much like the acid produced by the bacteria on your teeth, carbonic acid will also eat away at your teeth, which can weaken them to the point where they will be more susceptible to tooth decay.
Even when faced with the above, many people are still unwilling to completely cut the substance from their lives. If this is your case, then we recommend you take some steps to lessen the damage your teeth get every time you partake in the tasty beverage. For instance, we recommend that you drink your soda through a straw, as doing so can prevent your teeth from getting a full blast of sugar and carbonation. Also, we recommend that you drink water directly after finishing your soda. The reason for this is that by swishing some water around your mouth after drinking soda, you can actually wash away some of the sugar and carbonation left behind on your teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Cohen
If you happen to lose teeth to soda, or for any other reason, we encourage you to consider treatment with dental implants. Only implants can provide beautiful replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth. If you would like to learn more about treatment with dental implants, then we encourage you to contact us and schedule a free no-obligation consultation with Dr. Barry Cohen today. We serve patients in Havertown, Broomall, Springfield, Upper Darby, Clifton Heights, and Drexel Hill.