Let’s be honest – by now we’re all aware of the link between soda consumption and tooth decay. In fact, drinking soda has also been linked to osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, and many other health risks. Despite the risks associated with drinking soda, milk intake over the past few decades has gone down as soda consumption has steadily increased. But do you know how soda truly impacts your teeth? Keep reading to find out.
What does soda do to your teeth?
When you drink soda, the sugar contained within interacts with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid. And keep in mind — there is a lot of sugar in soda — about 48 grams per can. Once this acid is formed, it begins to attack your teeth, causing enamel erosion, decay, and much more.
Just because you’ve swapped your soda with a sugar-free version doesn’t mean you’re in the clear either – sugar-free soda contains its own acid that attacks the teeth as well. Each attack, on average, lasts about 20 minutes. If you’re only drinking soda all day long, the affects can be devastating.
There are two main effects soda has on your teeth – both erosion, as mentioned above, and cavities. The erosion on your teeth is the perfect invitation for a cavity to form. Cavities don’t develop overnight, however, it takes time. So the more you swig on soda, the faster a cavity is likely to form.
How to avoid
The best way to avoid the damage caused by soda is just to avoid soda altogether. However, we understand that cutting out your favorite sugary drink cold turkey can be difficult. As you transition off of soda, we recommend substituting with pure fruit juice, only about 4 to 6 oz each day to avoid the carbonation. And whether you’re drinking soda or fruit juice, be sure to follow up with a big glass of water and immediately brush your teeth after.