Keep Soda from Damaging Your Teeth

Woman drinking sodaSoda contains both sugar and acid that can attack your teeth and make you more susceptible to cavities or decay. They can also erode the enamel, the outermost protective layer of the tooth. Soda can reduce the enamel’s surface hardness, make your smile appear yellow, and increase tooth sensitivity. The damage to your teeth intensifies if you have poor oral hygiene.

Smileworks Dental and other Meridian dental clinics note that the best way to prevent damage is, of course, to stop drinking the beverage. If you’re like others, you may find it difficult to give up the habit. You can still drink soda, but be sure to keep the following things in mind:

Limit consumption.

This means not having more than one can (12 oz.) of soda or soft drink daily. Note that even that one beverage can still damage your teeth.

Drink as quickly as possible.

If you sip the drink for an extended time, you give the acid and sugars more time to wreak havoc on your teeth. It is best to drink it quickly to reduce the time of beverage contact.

Use a straw.

This can keep the sugars and acids away from teeth. Make sure that it is positioned towards the back of the mouth. Also, avoid swishing the beverage in your mouth.

Rinse mouth with water.

After drinking soda, be sure to rinse mouth with water to wash away sugars and acids in your teeth. It is also a good idea to drink lots of water having a sugary drink or snack.

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Wait before brushing.

Brushing your teeth immediately after drinking soda is not a good idea. This is because your teeth have been recently attacked by acid and brushing too soon can cause more damage. Wait for 30 to 60 minutes before doing so.

Get dental cleanings.

This can detect early problems before they worsen. Dentists or dental hygienist can also remove plaque and tartar missed by brushing and flossing.

Soda is never a good choice for your teeth and overall health. If you do drink it, it is best to do so in moderation or find ways to kick the habit. You should also visit your dentist if your teeth have been damaged by constant drinking of soda and other sugary and acidic beverages.