Harmful Effects of Soda on Teeth

  • April 10, 2017

family dentist Sterling HeightsWe all drink soda on a regular basis, but this common beverage can contribute to tooth decay and tooth loss. If you brush and floss every day and visit your family dentist regularly, you can reduce the likelihood of damage, but avoiding soda can also help a great deal.

Why is Soda Harmful?

Soda has two properties that make it harmful to your teeth. It is high in sugar, and it is high in acid. Though diet sodas eliminate the first problem, they are still very acidic. Citrus-flavored sodas are even more of a concern, since their flavor is enhanced by citric acid, a stronger acid than the phosphoric acid common in other carbonated beverages. Even plain soda water carries more acid than plain water and can present a problem.

The sugar in soda can lead not only to tooth decay but also to weight gain. It’s important for children to avoid soda for both these reasons. The sugar will cling to the teeth, providing nourishment for the bacteria that live and multiply inside your mouth. As these bacteria build up, they create a sticky, white waste product called plaque. A build up of plaque becomes tartar, which is brownish in color and much harder than plaque. The acid level in both these substances is quite high, and can eat through even the hard enamel of your teeth. If you develop cavities, the teeth must be restored with a filling or crown to keep the decay from spreading.

Soda and Acid

Acid in soda presents another serious problem. Soda’s acidic properties mean frequent exposure can lead to wear and erosion of the tooth enamel. Weakened tooth enamel leads to a range of symptoms, including:

  • Increased sensitivity
  • Change in the tooth color
  • Weaker, more easily broken teeth

Though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, acid can seriously damage it with long-term exposure. If you drink soda regularly, be sure to brush your teeth, floss, and see your family dentist at least twice a year to monitor the condition of your teeth.

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