IT’S KNOWN BY MANY DIFFERENT NAMES—pop, soda, soft drinks, soda pop… But there’s no difference when it comes to its effect on your teeth.
Sugary sodas have not only added many pounds to the nation’s obese population, but the acidic sugar byproducts and acids soften your tooth enamel, contributing to more cavities. Dr. David Bradley adds, “Brushing gets even harder when your tooth enamel gets softer, creating an unwanted one/two punch.”What about sugar-free drinks? Well, they’re less harmful, but can still cause acidic damage. Unfortunately, they only account for 14% of the nation’s soda-consumption anyway.
Each year, the amount of soft drinks we consume in the United States increases dramatically—especially among teenagers and children. At least one in five children consumes a minimum of four servings of pop each day, and some teenages drink much, much more. In fact, the problem has become so bad that the American Academy of Pediatrics sounded an alarm about the dangers and suggested guidelines for helping children create good better habits.
So, What Can I Do?
- Reduce the amount you drink. Seems obvious, right?
- Drink more water. It will help take away your cravings for soda.
- Use fluoride toothpastes and/or mouth rinses.
- Find substitutes you enjoy that are more healthy.
- When you DO drink soda pop, rinse your mouth with water when you finish.
- Don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups.
Here at Lake Oconee Dental, it is our goal to help you keep your beautiful smile for life. If you have questions about different beverages and their effect on your teeth, be sure to ask us. We love talking to you, our valued patients, about your oral health.