As a Chicago dentist, Dr. Fondriest wants to tell you, there’s nothing soft about soft drinks. In fact, the acid in some colas can eat corroded battery acid buildup from your car battery, should you need the posts clean to jump-start your car. And while tooth enamel is the second hardest substance produced naturally on our planet, the acid in colas can cause significant damage to human teeth.
Sugar: The Main Culprit
Sugar is a type of carbohydrate, and carbs are known to make us pack on the pounds. When it comes to oral health, carbs mix with saliva to form an acid that extracts minerals from tooth enamel. Because the minerals keep enamel strong, without them, teeth soften. Bad oral bacteria can attack the vulnerable tooth enamel to cause decay – cavities. But sugar isn’t the only problem.
Diet Sodas: They’re No Better
Sugar aside, sodas are carbonated, which means they contain carbonic acid. Yes, acid. All those little fizzing bubbles are caused by this acid, which also erodes tooth enamel. Whether you prefer your cola diet or sugary, it will harm your teeth, either way.
Alternatives to Soda Pop
For a healthy alternative, sans sugar and acid, consider water. If that doesn’t quench your thirst, try unsweetened teas, such as green tea. The antioxidants in many teas are actually good for you and your teeth!
Don’t make the mistake of brushing your teeth right after drinking a soda. Remember, the sugar and acid actually softens your tooth enamel. Brushing only increases the potential for enamel erosion. Wait about an hour before brushing so that your saliva has the opportunity to re-mineralize your teeth.
For more information on healthy living, or do discuss teeth whitening, veneers, or white fillings and crowns with Lake Forest dentist Dr. Jim Fondriest, call us today at 847.234.0517. Our 60045 dental office serves patients from the greater Chicago area.