We are willing to bet that a majority of our current and prospective patients have indulged in soda at least once in their life. The statistics actually support this claim: 50 to 80 percent of adolescents and nearly half of Americans of all ages drink at least one soda a day. What these people don’t realize is that soda is actually very bad for your teeth. It can even rot your teeth to the point where you will need treatment with dental implants. Today, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging from Greensboro, NC to talk about the reasons why soda is so bad for our teeth.
Restore Damage Done by Soda with Dental Implants in Greensboro
One of the main reasons for why soda is so bad for your teeth is because of the high sugar content inside of it. Every time you drink a soda, your teeth are plastered with sugar. What makes this sugar dangerous is the fact that it attracts bacteria to your teeth. Using this sugar, bacteria is able to create acids that will proceed to eat away at your teeth. This process is called tooth decay, and some symptoms of it include chronic bad breath, off color spots on your teeth, and toothaches. If left untreated, tooth decay can even spread around your mouth, resulting in even more missing teeth and raising the cost of dental implant treatment.
Another reason why soda is bad for your teeth is because of the carbonation. In order to carbonate soda, carbonic acid is used. Much like the acids produced by bacteria on your teeth, carbonic acid is also fully capable of compromising a tooth’s ability to defend itself. In fact, every time you drink soda, you are exposing your teeth to a 20 to 30 minute long “acid attack”. During this attack, the enamel of your teeth is attacked, weakening the ability of your teeth to defend themselves from more dangerous oral conditions.
If you are unwilling to give up soda, there are some steps you can take to at least lessen its effects on your teeth. For instance, we recommend that you drink your soda through a straw, as doing so can prevent your teeth from getting a full splash of the sugary liquid. We also recommend you drink your soda quickly in order to prevent your teeth from receiving a second acid attack. Lastly, consider drinking water directly after finishing a soda. By swishing some water around your mouth after a soda, you can wash away some of the sugar and acid on your teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Hatcher
As you can see, it is very important that you consider giving up soda. If that seems too difficult, even cutting down to only 3 or 4 sodas a week can be an improvement. However, if you do drink too much soda and lose a tooth, it is important that you consider restoring that tooth with a dental implant. If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Greensboro, NC, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Steven Hatcher, today.