Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to be the dietary villain of choice, and with good reason. In this blog post from the dentists at Winston-Salem Dental Group, we are going to give you yet another important reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.
For dental health, soda delivers a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.
Sugar is dangerous to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to cavities. This is especially harmful to kids, because their enamel is not fully developed.
Some people think that they can avoid issues because they pick diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel. Soda consumption can also result in teeth staining.
Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda, or cut way back on it, to improve your dental health. 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? We know it isn’t easy! Try to drink water shortly after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).
At Winston-Salem Dental Group, your dental health is paramount. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and keep evening and weekend hours to accommodate most busy schedules. Make an appointment today.
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