Soda and Your Teeth: What You Should Know

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Are you ever concerned about drinking a soda because you know that doing so can have a negative effect on your health? Still, would you be surprised to hear that most sodas can also damage your teeth?

While this may not seem very serious, did you know that Americans are statistically drinking more soda than they ever have before? Sadly, the acids that are in soda can eventually wear down your tooth’s enamel—which is the outer, protective layer of your teeth. Once your enamel has been worn away, it’s gone forever. To make matters worse, if your enamel is gone, you will also be much more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to help protect your pearly whites, even if you enjoy an occasional soda. Simply flossing and brushing properly after you drink soda could help you protect your enamel, but please don’t brush for at least 30 minutes after you’ve finished a soda. You see, the acid in soda can weaken your enamel, and if you brush your pearly whites while your enamel is weakened, you could actually damage your teeth. You can also rinse your mouth out with water after you drink soda. Still, replacing soda with drinks like water, tea, kombucha, and pure juices could be your best option.

Would you like to hear more about how soda can impact your pearly whites in Sioux City, Iowa? Are you hoping to make an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Douglas Wheelock? If so, please feel free to give Wheelock & Associates Dentistry a call at 712-274-2038. We look forward to receiving your call soon.