Soda has been known to be an unhealthy drink and it’s detrimental effects on teeth should not come to any surprise. But you may be surprised on what exactly it does to your teeth.
Soda has the potential to do significant damage to your teeth. Research has been done on this issue and some studies found that it may be just as corrosive to your teeth as drinking battery acid. Even more startling is that the damaging effects can begin their destructive process in as little as 3 minutes after consumption.
Sugar creates a problem with the teeth because it fosters bacteria growth. These bacteria produce acid and it is this acid that causes tooth decay. To add insult to injury, most soda’s contain phosphoric acid which is also damaging to the teeth’s enamel. This is the same substance that dentists use as an etching solution to clean and scour your teeth prior to putting on braces or applying fillings. Although the phosphoric acid in dental applications is a lot stronger than what you find in sodas, it still should be avoided none the less. Since tooth erosion causes hypersensitivity and can be far more serious than tooth decay.
The last thing is to be aware of is cavities and staining. Soda adds layers of sugars to your teeth that turn into plaque. In time this produces an unsightly yellow shade to your teeth. So what can be done to prevent this from happening? The most obvious answer is to stop consuming foods that are harmful to your teeth. Also avoid energy drinks as these have as much sugar or more than soda. If you must drink soda, drink it with a straw to protect your teeth and rinse your teeth out with mouthwash after drinking. It is important to take good care of your dental health. Teeth are one of the few places on our body that cannot easily heal themselves.