Soda drinks are consumed by up to half of the American population. Unfortunately, drinking these extremely sugary soft drinks can negatively affect your overall health and smile. So before you pick up your favorite soda, remember the following oral health issues.
The Harmful Effects of Drinking Soda
Enamel, which is the outer protective layer on your teeth, becomes softer due to the acids in the soda. Because the enamel is soft after drinking these highly acidic drinks, brushing can lead to more damage.
The ongoing acid attacks not only cause soft enamel, but they also leave you susceptible to erosion.
Soda can also affect the next later, dentin, which leads to harmful and painful cavities. Plus, the acids in the soda can negatively affect composite fillings.
How to Prevent Damage
While avoiding soda completely is the clear way to prevent damage to your oral health, we understand that it can be difficult to kick the habit. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of damaging your teeth, such as:
- Drink in moderation
- Avoid soda before bedtime
- Get regular dental cleanings
- Use a straw
In addition to following preventative measures, we recommend considering alternatives to soda, such as kombucha, green tea, flavored sparkling water, juice, and lemon water. These alternatives will help you satisfy your soda cravings without risking your oral health.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning Today
By reducing the amount you drink, having a strong oral health routine, and receiving regular dental cleanings, you can counteract the negative effects of soda and enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile. If you drink a lot of soda, we recommend seeing our Hendersonville family dentist once every six months. To schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family, call your Hendersonville dental office today at 828-222-7878.