Depending upon what part of our great country that you reside, Soft Drinks are called many things from "Sodas, Pop or just Coke!" Although one of these sweet drinks may not hurt your teeth, drinking them are a regular basis can make them a true enemy of a healthy smile!
Soft drinks are one of America's favorite drinks. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that about half of all Americans drink them regularly, averaging 2.6 glasses each and every day.
That's a lot, considering that soft drinks are very acidic, full of sugar, and have little to no nutritional value. It may surprise you to learn that it's actually the acidity of colas, not the sugar, that poses the biggest threat to your teeth. Over time, repeated exposure to soft drinks wears down tooth enamel, leaving teeth stained and less able to prevent cavities.
As enamel wears away, teeth can become very discolored, take on a rough texture, and become highly sensitive to hot or cold. Your teeth may start to tingle, and brushing or flossing can cause pain. If not checked by your dental professionals, teeth may start to erode, become thinner and more likely to chip or crack. That's a pretty high price to pay for a glass of "the real thing!"
Of course, soft drinks are not the only causes of tooth erosion. Coffee, wine, and some fruit juices are also highly acidic, though these drinks tend to have less acidity than a typical soft drink.
TIPS TO LESSEN THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SOFT DRINKS
- Cut Way Back On All Acidic Drinks
- Add More Plain Water To Your Diet
- Drink All Acidic Drinks Through A Straw
- Don't Be Confused: Diet Soft Drinks Also Contain Acid
- Rinse Your Mouth After Consuming Any Acidic Drink
- Wait To Brush Your Teeth For About Twenty Minutes After Any Acidic Drink