Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. Today, we are going to give you yet another vital reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.
For dental health, soda deals a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.
Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes them more prone to dental issues, like cavities. This is especially harmful to children because their enamel is not fully developed.
Some people diet soda doesn’t have those problems. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same softening effect on enamel as the regular, sugary sodas.
Soda consumption can also bring about teeth staining. If your teeth are already stained from soda or anything else, call us to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.
Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda, or cut way back on it. Also, keep your children away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.
Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).
We provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Katy area. If you have any questions about general or cosmetic dentistry, call for an appointment today!
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