Prevent Dental Decay – Don’t Drink Soda
Soda is one of the main products of America. Big brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper all are expertly advertised and appeal to millions of people all over the world. Though seemingly harmless, dark sodas are actually terrible for your teeth. If you are planning to destroy your teeth, a steady diet of sugar and soda is the optimal way to do so.
In this blog, we are going to depth about why you should not be drinking soda. We will also dive into some of the consequences of ingesting too much soda and its effects on your teeth. By reading this blog, we hope you feel a sense of urgency that soda is bad for your health, especially your teeth. Though soda companies are very popular, they gloss over the terrible effects their products have on your teeth.
At Joshua Colkmire DDS, our primary motive is to ensure that your teeth are healthy. Though we can offer outstanding dental services, ultimately, the fate of your teeth is up to you. How you treat your teeth will eventually catch up to you the older you become. To prevent erosion, decay, and even disease, you should be vigilant and maintain the health of your teeth.
It is a bit unfortunate, but soda is very popular in America. So much so, that soft drink companies make the majority of their revenue in America. In fact, soft drink revenue is projected to reach more than $93 billion by 2019. What is more daunting about these statistics is that the revenue for soda companies is only expected to rise. In just 2019, the soft drink industry sustained a 1.2 percent increase in revenue. Despite the studies and knowledge surrounding the effects of soda, more people are buying and drinking it. The Coca-Cola Company, alone, averages more than 35 billion dollars in revenue annually. But why does any of this matter?
Well, billions of dollars are made every year by soda industries that market their product to the public. Though most Americans know that soda isn’t good for them, they still choose to drink soda anyway. To combat the accusations that all soda is bad, soft drink companies invented diet or low-calorie beverages to appeal to “health-conscious consumers.”
Diet or Regular, It Doesn’t Matter!
What is important to understand about soda, is that no matter if it is diet or regular, it is still bad for your teeth. Many people have condemned regular soda, for being too high in sugar content — which is true. In just one can of soda, such as Dr. Pepper, there are 64 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association states that you should not ingest more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of sugar a day. So, in just one serving of Dr. Pepper, you have more than doubled your sugar intake for the day.
Regular soda has obvious drawbacks, but so does sugar-free soda. Yes, though diet sodas have “zero calories,” they also have a plethora of chemicals to achieve the right “soda taste.” Just because they don’t have the same amount of sugar, doesn’t mean they are not equally (if not more) damaging to your smile.
The Damage Of Soda
Regardless of low calories or regular sodas, your teeth still get damaged. No matter the type of soda, the second the carbonation gets in contact with your teeth, your enamel begins to break down. In fact, each “attack” lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip you take. So, anytime your teeth contact dark soda, your enamel is damaged. Children and teens are highly targeted by soda companies, which can be problematic for them. For one, your tooth enamel is non-regenerative, which means it does not come back once it is gone. When you are born, each of your teeth come in with their own unique enamel encasing. Acids from sodas breakdown the enamel until it can no longer protect your tooth. So, if children and teens start drinking too much soda, too early, there may be no hope for the health of their teeth.
Once the Enamel Is Gone
It is important to remember that once the enamel is gone, it is gone forever. Sure, there are steps dentists take to strengthen your dental protections, such as fluoride coatings. But, ultimately, fluoride is just a tentative band-aid to protect your dental enamel from damage. To fully protect your teeth, it is best to not drink any soda, dark, light, diet, or fruit flavored. Soda is bad for your teeth, don’t drink it. However, if you cannot help yourself, and need a soda fix, we suggest that you brush your teeth 30 minutes after drinking it. It is best to try and brush off the soda, specifically the sugar, from your teeth after you are done drinking.
If you are curious about your dental health, be sure to contact us to schedule an appointment.