By North Main Dental
December 18, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Soda  

Prevent long-term issues with your smile by keeping soda out of your diet.

Sometimes you just can’t stop that craving for soda. The carbonation, sugar and flavors are sometimes the perfect drink to quench that desire, but unfortunately it’s not the perfect drink for your teeth. From the office of your Dayton, OH dentists Drs. James Shepler and Soda James Shepler, III discover just how bad soda is for your smile.

It’s not surprising to hear that soda is bad for you and you probably know that it isn’t good for your oral health, but do you know why?

Soda is chock full of sugar (Don’t believe us? Just check the nutritional label!) and with every sip you take the bacteria living in your mouth converts the sugar into acid, which eats away at healthy enamel. These acid attacks last about 20 minutes and happen every time you take a sip. This wearing down of enamel is what causes serious dental decay.

So you may be thinking that you should switch to sugar-free soda. Unfortunately, that isn’t much better. Phosphoric acid, citric acid and tartaric acid are found in diet soda and can cause as much tooth erosion as regular sugar.

While avoiding soda altogether is the most ideal option for maintaining a healthy smile it’s understandable that most people will indulge at some point. When this happens try to minimize the effects of soda by following these simple tips:

  • Try to drink soda in one sitting rather than sipping throughout the day. The more you can lessen your smile’s exposure to the sugar and acid the better.
  • Keep water handy and try to drink it after consuming soda. This will help to wash away some of the sugar and acid from on and between teeth.
  • Sip soda through a straw to minimize how much contact soda has with your teeth.
  • See us every six months for routine cleanings and exams to make sure your smile is healthy and free of decay, gum disease or infection.

Besides staying away from soda and practicing good oral hygiene you also need to keep up with those routine dental visits. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning turn to your family dentist in Dayton. Let North Main Dental help you maintain a healthy smile for years to come.