Soda can wreak havoc on your teeth—even the diet varieties. Sodas contain acid and sugar; a combination that contributes to dental caries. Strong acid erodes tooth enamel while sugar nourishes harmful bacteria in your mouth. Although diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners, they still contain phosphoric, citric, and ascorbic acid. When your teeth are exposed to acid, your enamel will weaken over time. Enamel damage is permanent and leaves teeth vulnerable to streptococci mutans—an aggressive strain of bacterium that eats away at teeth. Additionally, dark colored sodas contribute to permanent tooth stains.
Tips for Protecting Your Teeth from Soda
- Reduce soda intake – Dr. James Fondriest recommends that patients avoid drinking soda. Instead, choose clear water to quench your thirst.
- Drink soda in moderation – A soda every now and then is not especially dangerous to oral health.
- Use a straw – Position the straw behind your teeth and sip. By using a straw, you limit your teeth’s contact with sugar and acid because the liquid is pushed to the back of the mouth. You also reduce the likelihood of the beverage staining your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth with clear water after drinking soda.
- Avoid soda if you suffer from dry mouth.
- Practice proper oral hygiene – Thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day and remember to floss every day.
Visit Your Chicago Dentist Frequently
Routine dental cleanings and examinations are important for maintaining your oral health. Dr. Fondriest uses state of the art technology to reveal cavities early on and professional cleanings will gently remove tartar and plaque buildup. For patients experiencing enamel loss, we may prescribe fluoride supplements or rinses to help protect your teeth from cavities.
To schedule an appointment, contact us at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from all neighboring Chicago communities.