Soda and Tooth Decay

Soda can do remarkable damage to your health. As little as one can of soda per day can increase your risk of heart attack by 48%. The large amounts of sugar can lead to diabetes and it can be detrimental kidneys and digestive system. But when it comes to tooth decay, sugar isn’t the only harmful substance that effects dental health.

Soda is Like Battery Acid on Your Teeth

Acidity is measured in PH levels. The lower the PH the more acidic the substance. Battery acid has a PH level of 1.0. Pure water is neutral with a PH level of 7.0. Pepsi and Coke have a PH level of 2.5.

Over time this phosphoric acid in soft drinks erodes your tooth enamel. For your teeth, frequent use of soda has been equated to using illegal drugs like crack cocaine and meth-amphetamine. The erosion of tooth enamel causes sensitivity to heat and cold. It also makes you more prone to cavities – think about cutting through a thick piece of cardboard vs. a thin sheet of tissue paper.

Sugar, Tooth Decay and Thinner Enamel

The impact of frequently eating and drinking sugary substances is that you create a perfect environment for decay causing bacteria to thrive. In this regard soda delivers a double whammy. It provides acid to erode the enamel and sugar for the bacteria living in your mouth to generate even more acid.

How to Protect Your Teeth From Soda

  1. The simple answer is don’t drink soda. Even diet soda contains the phosphoric acid that promotes tooth decay. Root Beer was found to have the highest PH and therefore is the least acidic.
  2. If stopping drinking soda completely is not in the cards, at least cut back your consumption.
  3. Get regular dental checkups.
  4. If you must drink soda, use a straw held toward the back of your throat.
  5. Don’t swirl soda in your mouth.
  6. Wait about 20 to 30 minutes after drinking soda.  This gives your mouth some time to recover.

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