Whatever the time of year, winter through fall, people like to drink soda. That’s especially true in America, where roughly half the population likes imbibe it.
This fondness for the carbonated beverage has helped contribute to an American weight problem – combined with lack of exercise and overeating. It can also lead to oral problems down the road in the form of cavities and other issues.
Here is what soda does to one’s teeth:
While a decent amount of people do drink sugar-free soda, which can do less damage, the main culprit is sugary soda. When someone takes a gulp of soda, it immediately begins a reaction with bacteria that’s already in the mouth and forms acids. Those acids in the soda start attacking the enamel of the teeth.
The thing is, this wouldn’t be as quite as bad if it was a brief attack. No, each swallow of a soda starts an attack that lasts for 20 minutes. Some people drink soda all day long, so it winds up being a constant barrage of acid attacks on the teeth.
The end result can be twofold: erosion and cavities. The enamel will wear away and leave the tooth exposed. The cavities occur because the acid then get to the dentin in the tooth and below. It can even attack fillings that are already there.
The initial thought would be to immediately brush one’s teeth after drinking the soda. Is that correct? Actually, no. That can wait a little bit since the acid can leave one’s tooth enamel in a weakened state and brushing them can actually irritate them or damage them. It’s better to rinse one’s mouth out with water first and then brush later on.
For many, the idea of giving up soda is not a feasible one. The best course of action is to recommend that they drink it in moderation – perhaps one a day. Drinking water in between can help wash away acids. Also, drinking from a straw can help protect teeth since it minimizes the soda’s contact with teeth.
Brushing twice daily with a toothpaste that has fluoride in it is important. Using a fluoride mouth rinse can also be quite beneficial.
Regular dental appointments can also keep the effects of soda at bay. Cleanings will prevent gum disease from progressing beyond gingivitis and cavities can be filled.
The staff at U.S. Dental Medical is experienced at treating patients who consume a lot of soda. They will do their utmost to mitigate any damage that has occurred and can give tips on proper brushing and flossing.