People usually only worry about the sugar and the potential to gain weight. Excessive consumption of soft drinks can lead to significant damage of teeth. Soft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities.
Sugar-free drinks are less harmful, however, they are acidic and can still cause problems. Some interesting facts about soda…The erosive potential of sodas is 10 times that of fruit juices…Many popular diet and sugared sodas can be almost as damaging to dental enamel as battery acid.
What can you do?
Everybody can benefit from reducing their consumption of soft drinks. You can also follow some of these simple steps: Substitute soda with different drinks containing less sugar and acid. Good examples are water, natural fruit juices and milk. You can also rinse with water after consuming soda; this will remove any remnants of the drink that can prolong exposure of acids to enamel. Your Prosthodontist may also prescribe fluoride toothpaste and special disinfectant mouth rinse to reduce cavities and strengthen enamel.
It is of utmost importance that you practice good oral hygiene and keep your regular visits to your dentist and hygienist in order to enjoy optimum oral health.