Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it’s been the nemesis of dental care for years. It will probably stay that way. Today, St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville gives you yet another critical reason to avoid this ubiquitous beverage.
For dental health, soda inflicts a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.
Sugar is dangerous to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to tooth decay. This is especially harmful to little ones because their enamel is not fully developed.
Some individuals think that they can avoid problems because they settle upon diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel.
Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or cut way back on your intake, in order to improve your dental health. Also, keep your little ones 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 shortly after you have soda to rinse out the residue. Brush your teeth more often, too, but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft.
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