Soda’s Effect on Your Teeth

Soda’s Effect on Your Teeth
Posted on 03/27/2018
While we’re incredibly proud of the orthodontic treatments that you’ll receive from your Wellington, FL orthodontist here at Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics, we recognize that maintaining a healthy smile requires a bit more than that as well. To keep up a healthy smile, you’ll need to watch how you take care of your teeth on a daily basis. This doesn’t just include a good oral care regimen with persistent brushing and flossing – it also includes watching what you eat. Many foods and beverages can have an effect on your teeth – with plenty of these effects being detrimental ones. Soda is an example of one of these harmful beverages.

How Soda Affects Your Teeth

We probably didn’t blow your mind by mentioning that soda can have a harmful effect on a person’s teeth! Having said that, you might not be familiar as to why it can harm your teeth. There are two reasons as to why soda is so bad for your teeth. The first reason is because it’s very acidic; this acid can eat away at your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. The other reason is because it’s full of sugar. When you consume sugar, your oral bacteria will feed on it and expel even more harmful acid. You’re essentially getting a double dose of acid on your teeth every time you drink a soda! We highly recommend staying away from soda and drinking a healthier alternative instead.

Healthy Alternatives to Soda

The good news is that there are plenty of healthy alternatives that you can drink instead of soda. We’d like to recommend the following:

 

  • Milk – Just like other dairy products, milk has plenty of calcium, which will strengthen your teeth and jaw bones.

  • Unsweetened Tea – Tea contains polyphenols, which are helpful in reducing bacteria in the mouth. Make sure that the tea is unsweetened though since sweet tea can cause cavities as well.
  • Tap Water – Water is the best drinks for your teeth. Not only does it not contain anything harmful like acid or sugar, but it contains fluoride, which can strengthen your tooth enamel.

If You Drink Soda Though… 

Even though many people realize the negative effects that soda can have on the teeth (as well as the body), we realize that they won’t just stop drinking it. After all, plenty of people just love the stuff. We understand that. However, if you’re going to drink soda, we want to suggest these tips to make sure that the damage that the soda can do is minimal:

 

  • Use a straw when drinking soda so that the liquid will bypass your teeth and avoid harming them.
  • Make sure not to sip soda throughout the day as it’ll keep your teeth regularly exposed to acid.
  • After drinking soda, rinse your mouth out with water so that the sugar and acid will be diluted.
  • Continue to drink lots of water during the day.
  • Don’t forget to brush and floss daily as well.
  • Finally, we recommend limiting your soda consumption to no more than one can per day.

 Contact Your Wellington, FL Orthodontist Today! 

If you’d like to learn more or you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with your Wellington, FL orthodontist, please don’t hesitate to fill out our appointment request form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!