Did you know that soda can have a pretty big negative effect on your teeth? We’re all aware of what too much soda can do to your waistline, heart and cholesterol, but not too many people know about how harmful soda can be to your teeth.
The relationship between soft drinks and your oral health isn’t complicated. We hope that by explaining the impact that soda has on oral health, you’ll be more willing to make the necessary changes to decrease the amount of soda you have in your diet.
Eats away enamel
Enamel is the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It’s what protects the rest of your teeth – including the dentin and pulp, which constitute the living part of your teeth – against infection, decay and death. Without enamel, your teeth wouldn’t be hard enough to function properly. Soda eats away at enamel because of its high amounts of acids. Your teeth will thank you for avoiding soda, so you can have the best enamel and strongest teeth possible.
One thing that we often see at Sun Valley Dental Group PLLC is stained teeth. In many cases, these dental stains are caused by regularly drinking coffee. However, as a close second, we also often see teeth that have been stained from drinking too much soda. Soda stains are incredibly difficult to remove, and you may end up needing dental veneers to hide the stains and improve your smile’s overall look.
At the end of the day, having a soda every now and then won’t destroy your oral health or your smile’s appearance. However, you need to make sure that you monitor your soda intake. For more information about how soda can affect your oral health, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Galbraith, our dentist in Ketchum, Idaho, call us today at (208) 726-4711.