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.