Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it seems to currently be the dietary villain of choice. In this post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City, we give you yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.
For dental health, soda delivers a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.
Sugar is dangerous to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes the teeth more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to children because their enamel is not fully developed.
Some people think that they can avoid problems because they choose diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same detrimental softening effect on enamel. Soda consumption can also lead to teeth staining.
Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda or significantly reduce your soda consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your children away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.
Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water shortly after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).
At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we want all our patients to enjoy a lifetime of good dental health. We offer complete general dentistry. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay also come to us for sleep apnea treatment. Schedule an appointment today!
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