Aside from its effects on your body, soda presents a range of issues to your teeth as well. Given the carbonation and excessive amount of sugar, drinking soda can lead to serious decay. Considering the effects of soda and its lack of necessity, patients are always encouraged to avoid drinking it.
Dr. Toni Hamilton and her team are well aware of the effects soda can have on the teeth, and we seek to share this information with our Arlington patients. Keep your smile healthy and take a look at how soda affects your teeth below.
Sugar and Acid on the Teeth
Sugar acts like steroids for plaque. It accelerates the growth and, through a chemical reaction, allows the sugar to stick to the teeth like glue. This really helps tartar proliferate. Since soda has such a high level of sugar, it is kind of like washing your mouth out with acid. It coats, corrodes, and ultimately destroys tooth enamel—which works to protect your teeth from decay. In other words, acid and sugar work together as a dynamic duo that destroys your teeth by initially breaking down enamel and then attaching to the weakened tooth.
Don’t think you’re safe from decay if you drink diet soda, sports drinks, or energy drinks either. All of these beverages still contain acidic qualities and sugars that eat away at tooth enamel. While they taste great, they are never worth the damage to your teeth.
How to Prevent Decay
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent decay. The first being, if you really like sugar, is to moderate your intake. It will still hamper your health no doubt, but consuming less will significantly decrease the chance of decay. You can also practice the following:
Diabetes and Gum Disease
Beyond tooth decay, an unfortunate outcome to heavy sugar intake is diabetes. This actually has more to do with your gums than you would think. Having diabetes puts you in harm’s way of periodontal disease or acute gum disease. In these more extreme cases of infection, treating the issue becomes far more complicated.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a thorough and caring dental care provider, give us a call at 817-274-2290. We will be happy to take care of your oral needs.