If you reach for a soda every time you’re thirsty, you’re doing damage to your teeth that you might not be aware of. Even though sodas are refreshing, the acid content found in this carbonated beverage is very high and, therefore, very bad for your smile. This acid can contribute to plaque on your teeth and the erosion of your tooth enamel, which can eventually lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, cavities, and tooth sensitivity.
Next time you have a craving for soda, try one of the following alternatives:
- Spruce up water with lemons, oranges, watermelon, cucumber, mint, limes, or other kinds of fruits and veggies. Also, freeze bits of these fruits and herbs for festive, colorful ice cubes.
- Indulge in a glass of red wine, which (in moderation) has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers.
- Drink green tea, which helps reduce the risk of several types of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, kidney stones, and dental and general health problems.
- Vegetable juice is a convenient way to consume all of your veggies in just a few gulps. Opt for low-sodium, sugar-free juices to reap all of the benefits.
- Combine your favorite juice with Seltzer of Club Soda for a soda-like, flavorful beverage. Just make sure that your juice is 100 percent natural with no added sugar.
- Milk is the best way to consume calcium, which directly impacts the health of your teeth and bones.
These suggestions are just a few things you can do to remove soda from your diet, and, by doing so, you’re making a lifestyle change for healthy teeth, gums, and, therefore, quality oral and overall health. For more tips for having a healthy smile, call Lake Forest Dental Arts, located in Lake Forest, Illinois, at (847) 234-0517 to reserve an appointment with Dr. James Fondriest.