May 1st, 2013
Is Soda Bad for Your Teeth?
August 28, 2012 Tooth Decay
Is soda bad for your teeth? If you regularly consume soda, you can be damaging your teeth on a daily basis. A lot of people think that if they do not consume soda with sugar in it, their teeth won’t be damaged. However, most sodas do not only contain sugar, but are also acidic. Soda can do a lot of damage to your teeth, especially if you don’t take proper care of them.
A lot of people think they are safe if they consume soda with artificial sweeteners. But a lot of these artificial sweeteners can still be converted into an acid. By the second or third time you drink a soda with Sorbitol in it, the bacteria in your mouth can adjust to it and start metabolizing it. Even though your body doesn’t digest them, the bacteria in your mouth will. They have the same effect of demineralizing your teeth as drinking a carbonated soda does.
Carbonated soda is very bad for your teeth. Often, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to consume a can of soda. During that time, your teeth is constantly being bathed in sugar or in sugar substitutes. After you finish drinking a soda, your mouth can remain acidic for an additional half hour.
Soda is acidic even without the sugar. Having acids in your mouth is bad because it causes demineralization to occur. Demineralization, also known as decalcification, is the process by which minerals such as phosphate and calcium are leached out of your tooth enamel.
The worst time for you to drink soda is just prior to going to bed. If you drink it just before going to bed, it can stay in your mouth all night, and lead to a serious overload of bacteria in your mouth.
You can reduce the effect that soda have on your teeth by drinking it out of a straw. Another thing you can do is to just consume soda with milk. This is going to be far less acidic. Another thing you can do is you can substitute soda, for milk or water. This will not only reduce your dependency on it, but it will also make your teeth last much longer.
Soda is one of the things that contributes not only tooth decay in adults, but also causes tooth decay among children. In addition to being bad for your teeth, soda can also create hormonal imbalances, and drastic mood swings.
The best thing for you to do is to just drink less soda. Soda is not only bad for your teeth, it is also one of the leading causes of obesity in our country.