Soda is one of the most damaging substances for your teeth. It contains sugar, acid, and artificial colors that can feed bacteria, erode enamel, and stain your teeth.
Ideally, we should all give up soda immediately, but failing that there are some things we can do to reduce the damage and staining of our teeth.
Tip #1: Cut Down
This is the most straightforward advice for protecting your teeth. The average American drinks 44 gallons of soda in a year. People in other countries drink much less. For example:
- • Japan: 9 gallons
- • Russia: 8 gallons
- • South Korea: 7 gallons
- • Italy: 13 gallons
Try substituting one daily soda with something else: a glass of water, tea, or even coffee–hopefully without sugar.
Tip #2: Drink It with a Meal
Another way to reduce the damage that soda can cause to your teeth is to drink it with a meal. Sipping soda all afternoon exposes your teeth directly to the acid, without a corresponding increase in saliva to neutralize it. Drinking it with a meal encourages saliva production, partly neutralizes the acid, and encourages you to drink the soda more quickly, reducing the amount of time the acid stays on your teeth.
Tip #3: Don’t Think Diet Will Save You
It’s true that diet soda doesn’t contain sugar that can feed oral bacteria, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for your teeth. In fact, it was recently revealed that diet soda may be as bad for your teeth as meth.
Tip #4: Kick the Cola
Cola is the worst for your teeth. It’s the most acidic type of soda, and it contains dark artificial colors. To reduce the damage your teeth are suffering, switch from colas to less acidic sodas, especially root beer, which is much less acidic.
Tip #5: Chase It with Water
Another good way to reduce the damage your soda habit is causing is to just drink some water after every soda. This will rinse the acid and sugar from your teeth. It won’t completely reverse the effects, but it will allow your mouth to restore the proper pH sooner and encourage the natural remineralization effects of saliva.
Bonus Tip: Make Regular Dental Visits
Another thing to remember is that making your regular dental visits allows your dentist to check for decay and assess the overall health of your mouth. If you’re making your regular checkups, we can detect and treat decay in its early stages. The benefit to you is clear: white fillings instead of dental crowns. We can also let you know if your soda habit is causing serious damage and can tell you if you need to do even more to protect your teeth.
If you’re overdue for your next dental appointment, please contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Philadelphia for an appointment today.