The Effects of Soda on Dental Hygiene

We have all heard the health effects that are associated with drinking sugary drinks like soda. Obesity and diabetes are always brought up in the conversation, but what about your teeth? Soda can have major impacts on your teeth that you may not be aware of. Soda contains a lot of sugar, and when you drink it interacts with the bacteria in your mouth creating an acid which attacks your teeth. Both soda and diet sodas contain an acid which can attack the teeth as well.

The team at Jacksonville Dental Care wants to make sure everyone knows the effects of what you put in your body. We understand soda may be your guilty pleasure, so it’s okay to drink in moderation. We want to inform you of the side effects soda has on your teeth, and what you can do to prevent it.

The Effects

When the acid from the soda is in the mouth, it begins to attack the teeth. This damage will last for around 20 minutes after drinking the soda. If you are drinking the soda all day, then the damage will be ongoing. The acids have a major effect on the tooth enamel, which is the outermost layer of the tooth. The hardness of the enamel eroded slowly over time as you drink sodas and other sugary drinks such as juice and sports drinks. Soda’s effects don’t stop there. Unlike other sugary drinks, soda can also harm the dentin, the layer underneath the enamel, which can cause cavities.

Preventing Damage

The best way to prevent damage from happening is to stop drinking soda all together. That may not be possible for many of us, so it is best to drink in moderation. Coca-Cola and Pepsi are among the highest acidic sodas. Options such as Sprite, Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper have significantly less acid, but are still acidic drinks. When you do drink soda, it is best to use a straw and drink it fast. The faster you drink the soda, the less time the acids will have to damage the teeth. When you use a straw, the soda will have less contact with the teeth.

After drinking soda it is best to drink water. When you flush your mouth out it will remove the excess sugars and acid that may be left behind. You want to make sure you don’t brush your teeth directly after drinking soda, so it is best to not drink soda late at night. After drinking soda your teeth are exposed from the erosion. When you brush your teeth, the friction of the toothbrush on the surface can cause more damage.  

How Jacksonville Dental Can Help

Receiving routine checkups is the best way to prevent damage when drinking sodas. We can take a look and spot any problems before they get worse. We understand many patients have fear and anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, so Jacksonville Dental Care is the best place for you. We practice sedation dentistry to help relieve the stress that comes along with dental exams. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, or how we can help you visit us online and call today to schedule an appointment.