Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems that these days it’s the dietary villain of choice. Today in the La Costa Dental Excellence Dental Blog, we are going to give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.
For dental health, soda deals 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 Encinitas, San Marcos CA, and Oceanside children and teens because their enamel is not fully developed.
Some people think that they can avoid problems by choosing diet soda for their refreshment, but, unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.
Soda consumption can also lead to discoloration of teeth and the need for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening.
Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or dramatically reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental – and overall – health. Also, keep your kids away from soda as much as possible so 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 often (but wait a half hour after you consume your soda so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).
We are Drs. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth. We provide advanced general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to the Carlsbad area. We want our patients to have the best oral health possible. We also want them to have the dazzling smile they desire, so if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at 760-633-3033.
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