The Corrosive Properties of Soda
Here at Cherry Hill Dental Center, we spend a lot of time talking about how bad soda is for our patients’ teeth. The reason why we harp on this fact so much is because soda continues to be a very popular drink here in the United States even with all of the information out there revealing how bad it is. It is not uncommon for us to receive patients who need teeth removed because their soda addiction has resulted in a bad case of tooth decay. Fortunately, Dr. Daniel Morof can restore these patients’ missing teeth with dental implants. We encourage you to read on to learn more about how soda is destroying your smile.
Yes, Soda Really is Bad for Your Teeth
One reason why soda is so bad for your teeth is because of the large amount of sugar that goes into it. In fact, it is not uncommon for a single can of soda to have over 40g of sugar in it. Every time you drink a soda, this sugar is plastered to your teeth, where it begins to attract bacteria. Using the sugar on your teeth, this bacteria creates acids that will proceed to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. This is called tooth decay, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
Another problem that soda poses for your teeth is its carbonation. In order to keep soda carbonated, carbonic acid is used. Carbonic acid is dangerous for our teeth because, much like the acid produced by bacteria, it can eat away at the enamel protecting our teeth. In fact, every time you drink a soda, your teeth are exposed to a 20 to 30-minute long acid attack that, over time, can have drastic effects on the enamel of your teeth. And, if you lose enough enamel to carbonic acid, your teeth will be open to more dangerous oral conditions that can end up costing you one or more of your teeth.
We understand that the idea of giving up soda completely can be difficult to face. If you are unwilling to give up the sugary treat, there are some steps you can take that can at least lessen the damage your teeth receive from the drink. For instance, you should always try to drink your soda with a straw. The reason for this is that using a straw can prevent your teeth from getting a full blast of soda. Another thing you can do for your teeth is drink your soda quickly as taking longer than 30 minutes to drink one soda can expose your teeth to a second acid attack. Lastly, try to swish some water around your mouth after finishing a soda in order to wash away some of the sugar and acid stuck on your teeth.
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Has your soda consumption ended up costing you a tooth? If so, you may want to consider treatment with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are fused to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This fusion allows your dental implants to work and feel just like natural teeth. If you are suffering from missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Daniel Morof, today.