Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. In this post from OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we’re going to give you yet another important reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.
For dental health, soda inflicts a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.
Sugar is bad for your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to little ones because their enamel is not fully developed.
Some people think that they can avoid issues because they settle upon diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same softening effect on enamel that sugar does. Soda consumption can also bring about teeth staining.
Our recommendation? Stop drinking soda, or cut way back on it. Also, keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.
Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water right after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).
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