Over half of Americans drink at least one soda every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this habit can cause cavities and negatively impact your smile. If you are already suffering from tooth decay or other dental problems, contact your Carlsbad dentist for an appointment.
How Does Soda Harm Your Teeth?
Soda contains two substances that are harmful to your teeth: sugar and acid.
A single can of regular soda contains as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar. When you consume soft drinks, this sugar interacts with tooth plaque and other bacteria in your mouth to form various acids. These acids then attack your teeth, eroding their protective outer enamel. This attack lasts around 20 minutes and happens every time you take a sip of soda.
Most soft drinks, including diet sodas, also contain citric acid and phosphoric acid. When you regularly consume soda, these acids can soften your tooth enamel and increase your risk of cavities.
How to Protect Your Teeth
The easiest way to protect your teeth from soda is to stop drinking it. However, that solution might seem a bit drastic to some people. Here are some other ways you can reduce soda-related tooth damage:
Drink soda in moderation
Try to consume only one can or glass of soda per day.
Don’t spend an hour sipping on a can of cola. The longer soda sits in your mouth, the more damage it can do. Drink it quickly.
Use a straw
Use a straw to direct the soda away from your teeth and into your throat.
Rinse your mouth
Rinse your mouth out with water immediately after drinking soda. This will help wash away the remaining sugar and acid and protect your teeth.
Call your dentist