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Why Does Soda Hurt Your Teeth So Much?

Posted on 9/30/2016 by Office - Boone DMD
A collection of soda bottles beside each other.Soda is a common drink among many people around the world on a daily basis. Some people only have a sip of it now and again, while others seem to drink nothing but soda. If soda happens to be one of your vices, you may want to consider the damage you are potentially causing your teeth. It is not just a one-sided problem. It is actually two issues that are causing damage at the same time.

The One-Two Punch Soda Gives Your Teeth

The first problem with soda is the sugar. Not all sodas contain refined sugars, such as the diet versions of most every soda out there.

However, the sugar sits in your mouth and against your teeth, promoting increased bacteria which can then lead to cavities. Even if you drink only diet soda and are not worried about the sugars sitting in your mouth, there is still the second problem that soda provides.

All sodas are high in acid, which is incredibly bad for your teeth. As acids sit up against your teeth, they erode the enamel and leave you with holes in your teeth where food particles can get right in. This causes issues like sensitivity, tooth decay, and dental infections.

The best thing that you can do if you currently drink soda is to stop. This may not be the easiest thing in the world for you to do, but it is the best thing for your teeth. However, if you cannot stop drinking soda right away, take these tips to heart. Drink it quickly and brush or rinse your mouth with water immediately afterwards. Drink low or no-sugar sodas.

Don't sip on your soda off and on all day, as this increases how long the soda can damage your teeth. If you drink a lot of soda, contact our office more often than normal to protect your teeth.
Margaret A. Boone, DMD
30485 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 203
Wilsonville, OR 97070

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