Soft Drinks and Oral Health
Soft drinks consumption is one of the few main causes of tooth decay
. Carbonation, sugar and acid in soft drinks weaken tooth enamel and encourage the growth of bacteria that contribute to the appearance of caries. Get the facts on how caries begins and what you can do to prevent it.
As Tooth Decay Begins
- Sugar in soda combine with bacteria in the oral cavity to form acids.
- This acid, plus additional acids of non-alcoholic beverages, attacks teeth. Every acid attack lasts about 20 minutes, acid attacks and start anew with every SIP.
- Continuing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel.
- Caries begins when the tooth enamel is weakened or damaged.
- Remember, diet, or sugar free soda still acid that can cause damage to your teeth. Although non carbonated fruit drinks like soda, they also have acid and sugar that may cause disintegration.
- Carbonated beverages (soft drinks, soda pop) in moderation.
- Giving infants and toddlers these drinks in a regular Cup.
Sucking on a bottle or a Cup of the filthiness of these beverages contributes to the development of caries.
- The use of straw to help hold the sugar away from the teeth while drinking.
- Choose fluoridated water instead of soft drinks.
- Avoid the consumption of soft drinks and fruit juices before bedtime.
- Rinse mouth with water or brush your teeth shortly after the use of any of these.
- Get regular dental checkups and cleanings.