Because of the high sugar level, we already know there are connections between soda and diseases like diabetes and obesity, but it is negatively impacting your teeth, as well.
Excessive consumption of soda is one of the leading causes of tooth decay, according to the WDA. Small amounts of soda are typically fine, and usually harmless. It’s when people substitute drinking water and milk for soda that there are bigger problems.
When we talk about tooth decay, there are a couple factors at play. The first factor is the high levels of sugar found in most sodas. Sugar encourages bacteria to form on your teeth and this leads to plaque. Plaque, if left untreated, can lead to cavities, gingivitis and gum disease.
Another leading factor is phosphoric acid that is found in soda. Its high acidity level can cause your tooth enamel to erode. It softens the enamel which can lead to cavities and even makes it easier for your enamel to succumb to trauma.
Lastly, soda stains your teeth. As mentioned before the increased sugar can lead to more bacteria in your mouth, which after some time can give your teeth a yellow appearance.
Drinks like soda and energy drinks can actually speed up the process of dehydration, because of the caffeine it contains. When you’re dehydrated, you’re not producing as much saliva. Saliva is often used to “wash” your teeth and remove some of the plaque and germs in your mouth. When you go an extended time with low levels of saliva, it’s bad news!
Cavities are another side effect of drinking soda. Just like the weakened enamel and tooth decay, cavities are caused from the high levels of sugar and acid.
How to Prevent Soda-Related Issues
The first thing that dentists will tell you is that you need to cut back, or eliminate soda altogether. For most people this is a reasonable thing to do.
However, there will be times that you’re going to want soda, or that might be the only thing available for you to drink. Here are some tips to make this a little easier on your teeth:
As always, it’s also important to get regular visits in at your dentists office. If you’d like to make an appointment or ask questions about your soda consumption, contact Friendly Dentistry today!